The Idiot Brain

The Idiot Brain


  • Author : Dean Burnett
  • Publisher : Guardian Faber Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-02-16
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783350834


The Idiot Brain Book Description :

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.

The Idiot Brain

The Idiot Brain


  • Author : Dean Burnett
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-05-17
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443450089


The Idiot Brain Book Description :

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, as well as exposing the fact that people are often way off in their thinking about how the brain works. For example, did you know that your memory is egotistical? stress can actually increase your performance at a task? conspiracy theories and superstitions stem from your brain’s insistence that the world isn’t random? the brain’s limitations mean you really can miss something that’s right under your nose? the way the brain’s processing works means that time really does fly if you’re having fun? alcohol can sometimes improve your memory? Dean Burnett’s unpredictable and entertaining first book explores the unexpected side of everyday life, highlighting where conventional thinking is wrong and how our brains trip us up at every turn. This is lucid, funny and smart: in short, the best kind of popular science.

The Idiot Brain

The Idiot Brain


  • Author : Dean Burnett
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
  • Release Date : 2017-05-16
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 1443450073


The Idiot Brain Book Description :

A neuroscientist’s delightful tour of our mysterious, mischievous, entirely fallible grey matter It’s happened to all of us at some point. You walk into the kitchen, or flip open your laptop, or stride confidently up to a lectern, filled with purpose?and suddenly haven’t the foggiest idea what you’re doing. Welcome to your idiot brain. Yes, it is an absolute marvel in some respects?the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress and the engine of all human experience?but your brain is 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 replay our greatest fears on an endless loop. Yet all of this, believe it or not, is the sign of a well-meaning brain doing its best to keep you alive and healthy. In The Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett celebrates blind spots, blackouts, insomnia and all the other downright laughable things our minds do to us, while also exposing the many mistakes we’ve made in our quest to understand how our brains actually work. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this book is for everyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.

Idiot Brain
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

Idiot Brain


  • Author : Dean Burnett
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton
  • Release Date : 2016-07-26
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 0393253783


Idiot Brain Book Description :

A neuroscientist's delightful tour of our mysterious, mischievous, entirely fallible gray matter.

The Idiot Brain

The Idiot Brain


  • Author : Dean Burnett
  • Publisher : Guardian Faber Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-02-16
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783350834


The Idiot Brain Book Description :

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.

The Happy Brain

The Happy Brain


  • Author : Dean Burnett
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2018-05-01
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783351312


The Happy Brain Book Description :

'Funny, wise and absolutely fascinating.' Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to Hurt *** Do you want to be happy? If so - read on. This book has all the answers* In The Happy Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett delves deep into the inner workings of our minds to explore some fundamental questions about happiness. What does it actually mean to be happy? Where does it come from? And what, really, is the point of it? Forget searching for the secret of happiness through lifestyle fads or cod philosophy - Burnett reveals the often surprising truth behind what make us tick. From whether happiness really begins at home (spoiler alert: yes - sort of) to what love, sex, friendship, wealth, laughter and success actually do to our brains, this book offers a uniquely entertaining insight into what it means to be human. *Not really. Sorry. But it does have some very interesting questions, and at least the occasional answer.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Understanding the Brain

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Understanding the Brain


  • Author : Arthur Bard
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2002-07-01
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440625763


The Complete Idiot s Guide to Understanding the Brain Book Description :

You're no idiot, of course. You know your own mind, but when it comes to understanding what's really going on in your head - all those synapses, all those neurones - you feel like you're just about brain-dead! Don't let it unnerve you! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding the Brain' proves that you don't need to be a genius to be in the know, and gives you losts of fun stuff to think about, too. In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get: -The history of human knowledge of the brain. -Insights into what causes brain disorders and how best to treat them. -Thoughtful tips about the many different ways we learn new information.

The Brain
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

The Brain


  • Author : David Eagleman
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525433446


The Brain Book Description :

"The dramatic story of the brain's role in creating our world, our experience of it, and ourselves; the basis for a PBS television series by the bestselling David Eagleman. How does a three pound mass of biological matter locked in the dark, silent fortress of the skull produce the extraordinary multi-sensory experience that comprises us, while also constructing reality and guiding us through the endless need to make decisions and determine our judgments and into a future that we are convinced we are shaping? David Eagleman compares the brain to a cityscape with different neighborhoods where neural networks vie for supremacy and determine our behavior in ways we are not always aware or in control of. At the same time, he suggests that the brain works as a storyteller--creating a narrative that allows us to navigate and make sense of a world that it is busy constructing for us"--

Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall and What To Do About It

Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall and What To Do About It


  • Author : Dean Burnett
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2019-08-22
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780241403150


Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall and What To Do About It Book Description :

'A wonderfully useful book, told with wit and wisdom' - Adam Kay, best-selling author of THIS IS GOING TO HURT "Get up or you'll miss the best part of the day!" "You treat this place like a hotel." "Can you just put that phone down for one minute?!" After years of reliable performance, has something recently gone wrong with your parents? Do you find yourself stressed out, arguing about the most ridiculous things? Is it like you're processing the same world with entirely different brains? Do you and your parents want to fix things? There are hundreds of books for them about how to deal with you. Now, for the first time, doctor of brains and international bestselling author, Dean Burnett has written a book for YOU to understand just what on earth is going on. Like, just WHY are your parents: - Obsessed with tidiness - Not letting you get enough sleep - Just generally not getting anything that's important to you! But don't worry. These are very normal parent malfunctions, and by understanding the science behind where they're coming from, you'll know exactly how to troubleshoot conflict when it occurs (and even fix it before it does). You'll never be able to remove arguments completely. But imagine what you'd be capable of if you weren't wasting all that time and energy arguing about tidying your room.

The Idiot

The Idiot


  • Author : Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Release Date : 2013-07-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781291504262


The Idiot Book Description :

Returning to Russia from a sanitarium in Switzerland, the Christ-like epileptic Prince Myshkin finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love, torn between two women—the notorious kept woman Nastasya and the pure Aglaia—both involved, in turn, with the corrupt, money-hungry Ganya. In the end, Myshkin’s honesty, goodness, and integrity are shown to be unequal to the moral emptiness of those around him.