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The Idiot Brain Paperback – 1626

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing (1626)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783350814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783350810
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.6 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Entertaining . . . offers illuminating discussions of the way the memory works, of fear and panic attacks, of our susceptibility to being conned or depressed, and of the marvels of the human senses.” (Wall Street Journal)

“We love a good brain book, and Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett might just be our new favorite.” (Bookish)

“Packs an incredible amount of information into an accessible package with this breezy, charming collection of pop neuroscience musings on ‘how the human brain does its own thing despite everything the modern world can throw at it.’” (Publishers Weekly)

“Witty and informative . . . [Burnett] piques readers’ interest with some whacky or puzzling behavior and thoughtfully explains the underlying neuroscience.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“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.” (Guardian)

“This is a wonderful introduction to neuroscience, and deserves to be widely read.” (Independent (UK))

“Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist, is also a massively popular science blogger for The Guardian newspaper. In this funny and fascinating book he takes up-to-date research in neuroscience and adds a good dash of humour to examine how and why our brains sabotage our behaviour.” (Cosmos Magazine)

“Compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him . . . a great read.” (Jon Ronson, author of The Psycopath Test and So You've Been Publicly Shamed)

“If you’ve ever wanted to sit down with a neuroscientist, have a few drinks, ask a zillion questions, and laugh until you snorted, read this book.” (David McRaney, bestselling author of You Are Not So Smart)

“An entertaining romp through the science of our mental processes. Full of fascinating insight into the brain and the origins of our crazy behaviour.” (Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The brain may be the seat of consciousness and the engine of all human experience, but it’s also messy, fallible and disorganized. It’s undeniably impressive, but it’s far from perfect, and these imperfections influence everything that humans say, do and experience. In The Idiot Brain, Dean Burnett celebrates the downright laughable things our minds do to us, and exposes the fact that people are often way off in their thinking about how the brain works.

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