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A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives Paperback – 4 Jan 2007
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'Consistently well-written and meticulously researched' Author: Alain de Botton Source: The Sunday Times
'In breezy demotic, Fine offers an entertaining tour of current thinking' Source: Telegraph
'Fine sets out to demonstrate that the human brain is vainglorious and stubborn. She succeeds brilliantly.' Source: Mail on Sunday
'This is one of the most interesting and amusing accounts of how we think we think - I think.' Source: Alexander McCall Smith
'A fascinating, funny, disconcerting and lucid book ... by the end you'll realise that your brain can (and does) run rings around you.' Source: Helen Dunmore
'Fine, a cognitive neuroscientist with a sharp sense of humour and an intelligent sense of reality, slaps an Asbo on the hundred billion grey cells that - literally - have shifty, ruthless, self-serving minds of their own.' Source: The Times
'Clear, accessible writing makes her a science writer to watch' Source: Metro
'Fine wears her learning lightly, blending facts with humorous observations. The result is a fascinating insight into how our minds work.' Source: Psychologies
'A witty survey of psychology experiments demonstrating the depths of our suggestibility, the irrationality of our reasoning and the limits of free will.' Source: Focus
Cordelia is the daughter of former Children's Laureate Anne Fine, and has inherited her brilliant storytelling talent! Hardback received blanket press coverage. It shows the science behind the amazing ways your brain tricks you in everyday life. There are lots of stories and revealing psychology with 2 new chapters - The Immoral Brain, and The Weak-Willed Brain.See all Product description
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Fortunately, I didn't think that, and instead found the whole thing to be eminently enlightening, approachable and understandable, and with a nice touch of wry humour throughout.
After reading it I'm not sure whether to give up totally, do everything I want to do and then blame how my brain functions, or to try and understand the nature of my brain and work with it. Perhaps the real answer will be a bit of each.
A great book, interesting and entertaining, and everyone should read it. Particularly those who don't agree with me!
The book starts off a little too 'chatty' but as well as more jokey considerations such as the problems many of us have trying to tell our brains to switch off when our bodies want to go to sleep, there is some serious cause for thought here- such as the research about how our own mood has been proven to affect which moods we perceive on other people's faces, and then particularly in the chapter "The Bigoted Brain" that gives examples of how subtly influenced and 'primed' we may be by images we see of the opposite sex, or people of other skin colours to our own. It is a thought-provoking book, you should read it and feel a little bit ashamed for having a brain at all...
The book is extremely readable, thanks to a very balanced writing style and also by the way in which the more dry scientific information is all relegated into the Notes And References section at the back of the book- meaning that you can read the main text without being troubled by too many obscure names of scientists or processes, or you can read every reference to get a more information-heavy read-through.
Explains a lot in this book, and I found myself thinking back to times when I've noticed someone do something, and then thought "aaahhh that's why they were doing that".
Would definitely recommend this book to anyone that's slightly interested in psychology.