Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 25, 2016 - Science - 320 pages

"If you’ve ever wanted to sit down with a neuroscientist, have a few drinks, ask a zillion questions, and laugh until you snorted, read this book." —David McRaney, best-selling author of You Are Not So Smart

The brain is an absolute marvel—the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience. But it’s also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains endlessly replay our greatest fears. Idiot Brain is for anyone who has ever wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life—and what on earth it is really up to.

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This is a sort of anecdotal tour of the brain, with some of the science behind it. It has a lot of metaphors - taxi ranks, factories etc, but they are not always illuminating. It is written from the ... Read full review

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Group hug
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Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist and research associate at the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University. He writes a popular science blog called Brain Yapping for the Cosmic Shambles Network and dabbles in stand-up comedy. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.

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