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Idiot Brain

What Your Head Is Really Up To

by Dean Burnett


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"Entertaining...[A] grand tour around modern cognitive science and psychology." —Wall Street Journal

The brain is an absolute marvel—the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience. But it's also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date. We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains endlessly replay our greatest fears. Idiot Brain is for anyone who has ever wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life—and what on earth it is really up to.

A Library Journal Science Bestseller and a Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award in Science & Technology.

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W. W. Norton & Company
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Dean Burnett (Author)

Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist who lectures and tutors at the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University. He writes a popular science blog called Brain Yapping, for the Cosmic Shambles Network, and dabbles in stand-up comedy. He lives in...

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