Monday, July 25, 2016

Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett

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progress, and the engine of all human experience—but your brain is also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out-of-date.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 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.

Fun and interesting, I've spent a really good time reading about brain and our behaviours. From the social panics, to memory troubles or intelligence, the author decrypts the brain with fun, easy examples or scientific facts.

But don't run away, it's not boring at all! In fact, I've been turning the page eagerly. From the crosswords to see if it will strengthen our abilities to collecting odors informations, you can understand a bit better how busy our brain is. It's very interesting to pause and think about its role.

Original, fun and very cool read! I'm happy to have opened this book...

*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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