9781783350827

The Idiot Brain

BURNETT, DEAN


Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781783350827
Published: April 2017

Price: $22.99

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A neuroscientist's delightful tour of our mysterious, mischievous, entirely fallible grey matter

It's happened to all of us at some point. You walk into the kitchen, or flip open your laptop, or stride confidently up to a lectern, filled with purpose'and suddenly haven't the foggiest idea what you're doing. Welcome to your idiot brain.

Yes, it is an absolute marvel in some respects'the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress and the engine of all human experience'but your brain is also messy, fallible and about 50,000 years out of date.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 replay our greatest fears on an endless loop.

Yet all of this, believe it or not, is the sign of a well-meaning brain doing its best to keep you alive and healthy. In The Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett celebrates blind spots, blackouts, insomnia and all the other downright laughable things our minds do to us, while also exposing the many mistakes we've made in our quest to understand how our brains actually work. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this book is for everyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN13: 9781783350827
  • Published: April 2017
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Width: 5.079 mm
  • Height: .787 mm
  • Depth: 7.795 mm
  • Publisher: not specified

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