Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 4, 2017 - Science - 304 pages

"Beautifully written, eloquently reasoned…Mr. Buonomano takes us off and running on an edifying scientific journey." —Carol Tavris, Wall Street Journal

In Your Brain Is a Time Machine, leading neuroscientist Dean Buonomano embarks on an "immensely engaging" exploration of how time works inside the brain (Barbara Kiser, Nature). The human brain, he argues, is a complex system that not only tells time, but creates it; it constructs our sense of chronological movement and enables "mental time travel"—simulations of future and past events. These functions are essential not only to our daily lives but to the evolution of the human race: without the ability to anticipate the future, mankind would never have crafted tools or invented agriculture. This virtuosic work of popular science will lead you to a revelation as strange as it is true: your brain is, at its core, a time machine.


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The neurobiologist author nicely contrasts the block-universe concept of time widely accepted in physics and philosophy with the flowing-time concept assumed in psychology and neuroscience. Could a ... Read full review

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11/7/2017 I read this during a flight to Las Vegas for the AAN fall conference, almost finished it, and took it up two weeks later, after two busy weekends. It is well written, easy to read, but ... Read full review



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Dean Buonomano is a professor of neurobiology and psychology at UCLA and a leading theorist on the neuroscience of time. His previous book, Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

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