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....
|Title||:||The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up To (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||Guardian Faber Publishing Auflage Main 16 Februar 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||596 Pages|
|File Size||:||671 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up To (English Edition) Reviews
it was a very nice readHat Spaß gemacht, war informativ und für mich auch in der Originalsprache sehr gut verständlich...
Originell, informativ, lesenswert, macht Spass zu lesen, auch wenn es für Laien etwas anspruchsvoll ist. Wer sich für die Hirnforschung interessiert, ist gut bedient.
It's perfect for people who want to know about the fundamentals of neuroscience. Very educational and funny at the same time!
Stumbled across this in a sleep deprived 4am random internet browsing session. Read a couple of pages, got the book, a few chapters in now. ... Now I don't trust my brain nearly as much anymore. And I don't know if I'm better for it. My one go-to for all the answers in life turns out has been lying to me for years. .. It's certainly an entertaining read, and puts quite a knot in your trust in the brain. If you're in a fine agreement with your brain, and want to keep the blind trust, don't pick up the book. But if you wish to find another thing in the world to question the "good intentions" why not ask your brain "why you doing this" pick up the book and ruin that delicate trust between yourself and your brain! xD
As a neurologist I have spent many years studying the brain and its foibles, but I have rarely read such an entertaining and frankly brilliant description of how the brain works.
The author provides convincing prove that our brains modify our memories to make us the hero or central character in every human interaction. Of course, it's not possible in any interaction with one person or many that one person's opinion or contribution is automatically superior to others, but each person thinks that is the case. Our brain is like a bad computer program that arbitrarily modifies the data before it writes to disk.
As a neuro-layman and an avid collector of quotes, I enjoyed Dean's neuroscience review, which was filled with his interpretive & opinionative thoughts. Examples of his "bits of wisdom" for my collection include.......- "Science is the work of humans. By and large, humans are messy, chaotic and illogical creatures (due largely to the workings of the human brain) and much of science reflects this."- "The brain is still an internal organ in the human body, and as such is a tangled mess of habits, traits, outdated processes and inefficient systems. In many ways, the brain is a victim of its own success; it’s evolved over millions of years to reach this current level of complexity, but as a result it has accrued a great deal of junk, like a hard drive riddled with old software programs and obsolete downloads that interrupt basic processes."- "Sadly, the words “reliable” and “accurate” can rarely be applied to the workings of the brain, particularly for memory. The memories retrieved by the brain are sometimes comparable to a hairball coughed up by a cat, the product of a lot of alarming internal mangling."
The subject matter is interesting and footnotes allow the reader to evaluate the source of the information. But the author’s attempts to explain concepts to the lay reader are marred by illogical metaphors and sloppy thinking. Giving everyone a medal for turning up on Sports day does not devalue the sport. It devalues the medal. Noisy cars are not per se less efficient than quiet cars. Engine noise is usually about mufflers. Efficiency is about fuel consumption relative to performance. There may or may mot be a correlation. I enjoy the bits of the book dealing with information on the brain but irritated by the sloppy metaphors. It is an oherwise interesting read. So I am giving this three stars: worth reading nut not the best in the genre.