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The Idiot Brain Audiobook

The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really up To

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Engaging performance and interesting sibject matter, if you are in to that sort of thing.

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    "Information and humor"

    Educational and makes you laugh along the journey. If you are interested in the brain, then this book might tickle your fancy.

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    this book was great! so many interesting topics and examples, and it was performed really well.

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    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.

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  • Kieron Brogan
    11/01/17
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    "Written by a very smart brain"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Idiot Brain to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the book but the audible version is expertly read and the perfect way to enjoy to enjoy it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of it


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Its not that kind of book but all of it certainly entertained me


    Any additional comments?

    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

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    7/12/16
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nobby Senior
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    25/02/17
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    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Public
    5/10/16
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    "Informative and intertwining"

    interesting book to read about the way human brain works. made me giggle a couple of times.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl
    26/08/16
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    "Enlightening read"

    Very entertaining and balances humour with
    hard facts extremely well. Made my idiot brain feel like it was actually learning something.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    17/06/16
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    "Intelligently Hilarious"

    Very well written and narrated. Extremely informative and interesting as well as hilarious and entertaining, a fantastic audiobook.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Brittany
    25/05/16
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    "Fantastic!"

    loved it! Well written and well read. An extremely interesting delve into our own internal workings!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Harrison
    21/01/17
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    "enlightened and inspiring"

    a truly wonderful journey into the depths of the human mind with all its querky nuances revealed for all to explore.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rainer
    7/05/16
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    "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'!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • ellen
    27/04/17
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    "some interesting bits"

    Well read, so that's a start for a technical book. I listened to this along side an easy listening story book so it wasn't too hard going and therefore found it quite interesting and informative without being too heavy and technical.
    Quite liked that I found bits about my personality traits that were explained. Overall, not a book I'd rave about but I'm glad I listened to it as I understand more about myself and others now ... kind of makes me more understanding.

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