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The Idiot Brain

Dean Burnett

From the hugely popular Guardian science blogger, a surprising, funny and mind-bending examination of how and why the brain sabotages our behaviour.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9781783350827
Date Published
02.03.2017
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Summary

‘Compelling and wise and rational.’ – Jon Ronson

Motion sickness.
Nightmares.
Forgetting people’s names.
Why did I walk into this room??

For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganised. In The Idiot Brain neuroscientist Dean Burnett celebrates the imperfections of the human brain in all their glory, and the impact of these quirks on our daily lives. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this book is for anyone who has wondered why their brain seems to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.

Critic Reviews

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
Critic Reviews

This is a wonderful introduction to neuroscience, and deserves to be widely read.

Leyla Sanai, Independent
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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
Critic Reviews

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
DeanBurnett

Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist, blogger, sometimes-comedian and author. He lives in Cardiff, and is currently an honorary research associate at the Cardiff University Psychology School. He is an ambassador for the mental health charity ReThink, and has received the Public Engagement of Neuroscience award from the British Neuroscience Association. His books The Idiot Brain and The Happy Brain were…

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