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The Idiot Brain

A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up To

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, 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.**

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.

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Compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him... a great read. Jon Ronson
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Dr Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist and a stand-up comedian. He is based at the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University. His "Guardian Science" blog, Brain Flapping, has been viewed over 11 million times in the last two years and has been praised by many, from Lauren Laverne to Professor Brian Cox, Simon Singh to Professor Green.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 336
Erscheinungsdatum 04.02.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78335-081-0
Verlag Faber & Faber
Maße (L/B/H) 216/134/27 mm
Gewicht 363
Verkaufsrang 14.630
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