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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.

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9781783350834
Date Published
16.02.2016
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Summary

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 GOODREADS BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY BOOK AWARD

‘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

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Why do you lose arguments with people who know MUCH LESS than you?

Why can you recognise that woman, from that thing… but can’t remember her name?

And why, after your last break-up, did you find yourself in the foetal 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 disorganised. For example, did you know that your memory is egotistical? That conspiracy theories and superstitions are the inevitable effects of a healthy brain? Or that 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 book 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 read the book before testing this conclusion.

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

The Idiot Brain is a helpful and often hilarious antidote to current brain hype. Accessible and entertaining, this book explains why your ever-helpful brain can rewrite your history, make you overlook a gorilla or lose an argument you should win.

Gina Rippon, Chair of Cognitive NeuroImaging, Aston University
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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