Why do you lose arguments with people who know MUCH LESS than you?
Why can you recognize that woman, from that thing...but can't remember her name?
And why, after your last break-up, did you find yourself in the fetal position on the sofa for days, moving only to wipe the snot and tears haphazardly from your face? Here's why: the idiot brain.
For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganized. For example, your memory is egotistical. No, really. Conspiracy theories and superstitions are the inevitable effects of a healthy brain. And alcohol can actually improve your memory.**
In The Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett tours our mysterious and mischievous grey (and white) matter. Along the way he explains the human brain's imperfections in all their glory and how these influence everything we say, do and experience. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this audiobook is for anyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.
**Editor's note: please listen to the book before testing this conclusion.
From the hugely popular Guardian science blogger, a surprising, funny and mind-bending examination of how and why the brain sabotages our behavior.
©2016 Dean Burnett (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
"Compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him... a great read." (Jon Ronson)
"An entertaining romp through the science of our mental mental processes. Full of fascinating insight into the brain and the origins of our crazy behaviour." (Gaia Vince)
The story and naration had a magical quality for helping me sleep in a time of stress. The text was not taxing and loosely held my attention whilst the narration was even and unobtrusive. Thanks.
Very well written and narrated. Extremely informative and interesting as well as hilarious and entertaining, a fantastic audiobook.
loved it! Well written and well read. An extremely interesting delve into our own internal workings!
"Interesting and illustrative"
This book illustrates the current academic beliefs we have about the brain. It's very comprehensive and explains the inner workings of our brains in lay men's terms. Many misconceptions are explained. I found the audio book worthwhile! Would recommend it if you're into 'understanding how we tick'!
"Got a bit tedious"
I like the subject but the style of writing got annoying in the end. Found the regular attempts at humour predictable and distracting.
It was boring too
"enlightened and inspiring"
a truly wonderful journey into the depths of the human mind with all its querky nuances revealed for all to explore.
"Written by a very smart brain"
I've not read the book but the audible version is expertly read and the perfect way to enjoy to enjoy it
No characters just a detailed but very easy to understand insight into the workings of your brain. Very humorous too and I keep returning to listen to it over and over again
All of it
Its not that kind of book but all of it certainly entertained me
If you are the slightest bit interested in the working of the brain and mind then don't pass this book by. It is not a stuffy, complicated or wordy book but an entertaining, fascinating, clever and worthwhile listen
"wild world of the brain explained simply "
A great humorous explanation of how our mind works told in a simple way that is both entertaining and informative.
"Informative and intertwining"
interesting book to read about the way human brain works. made me giggle a couple of times.
Very entertaining and balances humour with
hard facts extremely well. Made my idiot brain feel like it was actually learning something.
"WOW! A much needed explanation. Thank you 😊"
Wow, what a book. I have just finished a intensive residential programme for PTSD and feel that along with all of the education we received, added to the insight in this book has given me a better understanding of why my brain is experiencing the problems it has and it has given me one more thing to prevent any further rumination on past experiences.
Thank you Dean for providing this opportunity, it was a wonderful and enlightening listen without being bored or confused by technical jargon. Thanks to Matt for having the ability to narrate the facts in the book in a way that kept me listening for longer each time than I probably should have.
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