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The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up To Paperback – 2 Mar 2017
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I really admire Dean Burnett's work. He's very compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him and you know it's going to be a great read. (Jon Ronson)
This is a wonderful introduction to neuroscience, and deserves to be widely read. (Leyla Sanai Independent)
A witty breath of fresh air. I laughed, I worried, I learned the difference between semantic memory and episodic memory. If it winds up becoming the A Brief History of Time of neuroscience, then that’s gravy. (PopMatters)
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, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene)
From the hugely popular Guardian science blogger, a surprising, funny and mind-bending examination of how and why the brain sabotages our behaviour.See all Product description
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If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.
Burnett uses the above quote to illustrate just how little is truly known about the organ that makes us what we are. But he goes bravely on to explain, in a brilliant way with words, what is known, or thought to be known.
The book is divided into chapters covering the various areas of the brain; the senses, fear, attempts to measure intelligence, memory and what can happen when things go wrong. It is an interesting and, at times, sobering read, despite Burnett’s sometimes hilarious turns of phrase. As someone with a loved one who has suffered a neurological/psychological disorder for the last four years, I know the frustration and heartbreak that such problems can bring. As I said before, for me, the most abiding message in this excellent book is that, despite research pushing the boundaries, so much still needs to be understood.
I enjoyed The Idiot Brain; I felt I learned something from it. Dean Burnett is a delight. In his introduction he tells us,
A former colleague once told me that I’d get a book published ‘when hell freezes over’. Sorry to Satan, this must be very inconvenient for you.
I am glad he persevered.
Highly recommended if you want a book that's going to teach you something as well as make you smile.
I'm thoroughly looking forward to reading The Happy Brain soon.
I accidentally found this book (and yet to read “the clever brain”) so wasn’t sure if I’d understand /be interested/have the time/have a life, to read this book.
However I am truly delighted that my second sense decided to press “buy now or Dean will track you down” as this truly is an impressive read.
I would write more, however my inner me is telling me to get a life and fill the glass with Montrachet!
I demand more.