The Idiot Brain

The Idiot Brain

A Neuroscientist Explains What your Head Is Really up to

Book - 2016
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Why do you lose arguments with people who know much less than you? Why can you recognise someone, but struggle to recall their name? And why, after your last break-up, did you find yourself in the foetal position on the sofa for days? Here's why: the idiot brain. For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganised. 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. Neuroscientist Dean Burnett tours our mysterious and mischievous grey (and white) matter. He explains the human brain's imperfections in all their glory and how these influence everything we say, do and experience. For anyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life. Dean Burnett is an English neuroscientist and stand-up comedian, based at Cardiff University. He is the author of the Guradian online newspaper science blog Brain Flapping.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. :, HarperCollins Publishers,, 2016
Description: viii, 328 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443450065
Branch Call Number: 612.82 Bur

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movementmuse
Sep 01, 2018

Agree with newleaf. The science seemed light, the references were not very current and his constant jokiness was very grating after 5 pages.
Heard him interviewed on a podcast and was hoping for a more informative and scientific take on brain function.

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A10_0
Jul 11, 2017

This book explains about the brain. I understand everthing and everything is really clear. Surprisingly, this book, had been really easy to understand as well it is really easy to learn. I reccomend this book!

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KennyBania
Dec 14, 2016

A very enjoyable light-hearted look at ourselves and what makes us tick.

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newleaf
Nov 04, 2016

You're a neuroscientist, you should write a book!

Um...no.

Neuroscience "lite" at best, neither the flip manner he discusses the subject, or his generic explanations, makes this worth reading.

Try Norman Doidge "The brain that changes itself"

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paul1
Sep 01, 2016

An excellent explanation of how bad our brains are at dealing with reality and also an excellent explanation of how good our brains are at dealing with reality. Dean Burnett dives deep into all the foibles and quirks that our minds are prone to. I found it to be an enlightening and entertaining book (you can tell from Burnett's writing that he is a part time comedian).

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Jul 11, 2017

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