• Title: Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To
  • Author: Dean Burnett
  • ISBN: 9780393253788
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Idiot Brain What Your Head Is Really Up To 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
    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 eIt 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progress, and the engine of all human experience but your brain is also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date We cling to superstitions, remember faces but not names, miss things sitting right in front of us, and lie awake at night while our brains replay our greatest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.

    One Reply to “Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To”

    1. ^Are you excited already? Well, my idiot brain genuinely liked this book very much, and it's always right, isn't it? (not really). Admittedly, specialists would probably find the explanations simplistic (I extrapolate), but then, why would they read this book in the first place? Neuroscientists, this book is not for you. You think you're so clever, right? (hehe) Anyway, given that my knowledge on the subject is very limited (understand : I studied language and metacognition in teaching school, h [...]

    2. I have never needed well researched neuropsychology to tell me that my brain is an idiot. The years I have spent alive have proved this to me without question. What this book has allowed me to feel is relief that i'm not the only idiot and the reasons why. Thankfully it's given me an out for some of the ridiculous behaviour I have displayed in the past (and still sometimes do if i'm honest). On the other hand, it's become clear that some of it is still just me. Oh well.Written in an engaging, hu [...]

    3. One of the most wonderful popular science books I have been lucky to come across. Although sometimes the examples diverge from the point, Burnett’s comedy and wit tend to make it worthwhile and very enjoyable. The book is plagued with scientific riches presented in the most elegant way possible. I not only learned loads from the book, but have used it for episodes on my YouTube channel. Extremely accessible and very enjoyable!

    4. Stonking (a technical term).This is one of those "popular science" books. These normally fall into one of two categories. Some are well written but not very authoritative. Others are not very well written, but well researched. In other words, the usual choice is between insubstantial fluff and weighty but indigestible text book.The Idiot Brian is that rarest of rare things. A science book that is both well researched and well written.Highly recommended. And five stars.It is especially recommende [...]

    5. Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist. He writes a regular blog for The Guardian, called Brain Flapping. And his writing style is not just entertaining, it is spirited and humorous and faithful to the science as well. Oh, and did I mention that he is a stand-up comedian? He signs his name "Dean Burnett, Ph.D. (no, really)"While most of this book is about psychology, he grounds quite a lot of his discussions in descriptions of the parts of the brain that are responsible for different actions. And, I l [...]

    6. A very humane and entertaining look at how the brain works (and works against us). It's only downside is I felt an annoying need to read out various passages to whoever would listen.

    7. Neurology writ simple, this book provides an easy to understand description of the functioning of the brain and nervous system. Chapters are dedicated to the subjects of brain/body connections, memory, fear, intelligence, observational systems, personality, sociability, and mental health.The audacious use of the word "idiot" in the title is a bit off-putting, but it probably communicates a similar message as those books titled, "(blank) for Dummies." It makes clear that the author and publisher [...]

    8. Um Fabuloso um pouco Idiota Bem! Isto de chamar idiota ao órgão que inventou a roda, o cinema, a teoria da relatividade e levou o Homem à lua, até parece contra-senso!Mas, enfim! A verdade é que nada é perfeito, e até mesmo um órgão extraordinário como o nosso cérebro é capaz de alguns impropérios ;)Convém conhecê-los e emendá-los sempre que possível, para prevenir danos maiores!Por exemplo, o desastre de Chernobyl, foi atribuído a erros cometidos por engenheiros sobrecarregado [...]

    9. A very readable popular science book from a neuroscientist/comedian (yeah, so many of them). Lots of good jokes and the technical bits are conveyed as lightly as possible for a lay reader. My main takeaway is to see the brain as something of a mess, a cobbled together lot of stuff rather than a brilliantly adapted organ. Explains a lot.

    10. While this book may not be easy to read through, it was well worth the effort. I am sure that neuroscience junkies will enjoy this book. For myself, with only a slight background of this topic, I found the terminology and whatnot to be a little hard to remember, but Burnett excels in bringing analogs to his readers. I love that he compares many of the brain's processes to everyday events. Burnett writes well in the sense that I can always get a chuckle out of reading a chapter. The subjects in t [...]

    11. I saw this book at the airport while travelling some months ago, but didn't buy it. I then saw it at a friend's the other week and she let me borrow it. I knew I would like it from the first paragraph about "Gary". A humorous look at the human brain, it covers a multitude of subjects we would all do well to learn about. My favourite parts included the 'just world' (just as in fair) idea, which makes a lot of sense from what I see happening around me, and the chapter on depression because the aut [...]

    12. Idiot Brain is a great, easily accessible introduction to neuroscience and psychology of human behaviour. If you've never read on the subject I can't think of a better place to start. Dean Burnett is writing in a light-hearted, clear style that is sure to appeal to most readers not looking for an academic tome. Because I've educated myself a little on the topic, I did find some chapters familiar, but a good refresher. If you've ever wondered why people might be irrationally scared of shadows in [...]

    13. Clever and insightful. I really admire his work - My brain found it irresistibly captivating :)It's unpredictable and entertaining; the best kind of popular science out there.

    14. *General rant*It often feels how many experts, when writing a pop science or more specific science books, think they don't need editors and proofreaders, and they're wrong. I've read several (not too much, but not too little either) science books (and that's all that I read nowadays), and every single one of them had the same issues. Yes, it's impossible (or should I say improbable?) to find and fix every single grammar or spelling mistake, but that's why you have editors. Comparing fiction to n [...]

    15. The Idiot Brain starts of hilarious and almost tricks us into learning by slowly easing into how the brain works (or doesn't). Dean Burnett keeps the book light and humorous while going into the complex workings of the human brain. The author tends to introduce a concept in a relatively technical way, and then explain it with everyday thought malfunctions that leave the reader severely conscious of all of the processes that is going on with their body; I can still feel my eyes constantly jumping [...]

    16. I like to judge books by the author's photograph (jk!), and this one may be the best I've ever seen. Now that is one neuroscientist I'd be delighted to meet! (not joking now - really, that's a guy you'd want a chat with!). Funny dude! Good writing, interesting! Probably the only neuroscientist to have read both Neil Strauss and Daniel Kahnemanor, hmmm, on second thought maybe just the only one to admit it ("it's for research!"). It was just a little too overview for me; I've brushed up against m [...]

    17. Kniha „Mozek Sabotér“ od Deana Burnetta byla v knihovně mým zcela náhodným výběrem, avšak ten se tentokrát ukázal překvapivě hodnotným. Kniha je protkána neuvěřitelným množstvím informacím, souvisejících s naším mozkem a jeho rozhodováním se. Ku prospěchu autora je nutno říct, že vše je podloženo studiemi a citacemi. Nenechte se odradit obalem, obsah stojí za to.

    18. My second consecutive non-fiction book, and it's another (popular) science book - not always my best subject. Once again, a First Reads giveaway win. This sounded pretty interesting and did not disappoint. The subjects and details are easy enough for a non-science type like me to follow and understand and the writing flows smoothly, easy to read, and often humorous. (Example: "Intelligence, like irony or daylight-saving time, is something most people have a basic grasp of but struggle to explai [...]

    19. I tend to read a lot in this genre, so I was worried that it would be all studies and stuff that I had heard before. And there are a few, but mostly, it's more general brain stuff. It's much more day to day than some of the heavier psychological books I've read, so learning about stuff that happens to you but you don't know why. There's also quite a bit that's relevant right now in regards to biases, groupthink and why we can be terrible to people in need of help instead of empathetic. I really [...]

    20. Beyin ile ilgili okuduğum diğer kitaplarla karşılaştırdığımda daha güncel bilgilerin bulunduğunu söyleyebilirim. Yazar esprili bir dille beynin temel özelliklerine değiniyor. Beni en çok etkileyen şey ise kitabın ilerleyen bölümlerinde psikolojide ele alınan konuların beyin ile ilgili alt yapılarına benzetme ve örneklerle değinilmesi oldu. Neler hissettiğimizi bir psikologtan daha güzel anlatmış bazı yerlerde. Ufak ufak birçok bilgi ile dolu, dikkat isteyen bir kit [...]

    21. Uživala sam čitajući i dosađivala okolini prepričavanjem posebno zanimljivih delova o tome kako nas sve rođeni mozak navodi na stranputicu ili otkud nam neke osobine na koje baš i nismo ponosni. Autor nije preterivao ni sa terminologijom ni sa duhovitošću, našao je baš pravu meru u jasnom i prijemčivom izlaganju svega što treba znati o mozgu čak i ako vas neuronauka ne zanima.

    22. From someone who is not a brain expert, this book was entertaining, insightful, and accessible.I learned a lot and I was entertained. Dean Burnett has my attention as a teacher of the unknown. BUY THIS BOOK!-- Giveaway

    23. Somehow I did it. I actually finished this book. It sounded so interesting and like the type of book I enjoy but I just found it boring. It read like blah blah blah and I didn't enjoy the author's style. I can't even think of any tidbits I learned to share with friends. Just not the book for me.

    24. كتابٌ دون الجيّد في مستواه، وكان يمكن له أن يكون أفضل مستوىً؛ لولا تشعّب المواضيع التي طرحها الكاتب وثرثرته في كثيرٍ من الصفحات. فأدّى ذلك إلى فصولٍ مملّة ومواضيع متشعبة لم تُغّطَ بشكلٍ وافٍ وإن احتوت -بالتأكيد- على فوائد ومعلومات مهمة.

    25. A very accessible, witty and insightful read which I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in neuro-science and our incredible brains! One of my top books of the year no doubt.

    26. Interesting book exploring the inner workings of our brain, presenting the latest theories of why we behave the way we do, and explaining the reasons why our brain appears to behave in weird ways. Chapters are dedicated to how our mind regulate our body, memories and it fallacies, fears and phobias, how our brain perceives the world around us, how the brain is influenced by others, intelligence, personality and mental health.In this book, the author explores many topics and attempts to answer qu [...]

    27. This books makes a very good case for the brain not being anything at all like a computer and an even better case for not all scientists being condescending assholes with no sense of humor.

    28. Your brain is the most remarkable thing about you because it makes you you. So, when Dean Burnett, Ph.D. chose to describe all that the brain does to make you amazing, he did it in a uniquely humane and entertaining way. His popular science book Idiot Brain: What Your Head is Really Up To is well-researched, well-written, and highly recommended for anyone interested in learning about how the brain works, fails to work, and even works against you.What makes Idiot Brain so wonderful is that it’s [...]

    29. I'm so happy I finally finished this book, but I'm so sad I finally finished this book. Ironic, but any bookaholic will relate. It's one of those unique books that will stay on my 'to read again and again' shelf. Burnett made it clear how our brains can be bizarre yet so complex. What's super distinct about this book is the format it's written in: informal to a point that you'll feel that the author is talking directly to you. It's really not a normal scientific book, for almost all details in t [...]

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