Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To

Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To

The brain is an absolute marvel—the seat of our consciousness, the pinnacle (so far) of evolutionary progress, and the engine of human experience. But it’s also messy, fallible, and about 50,000 years out of date.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 endlessly replay our greatest fears. Idiot Brain is for anyone who has ever wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life—and what on earth it is really up to.


A Library Journal Science Bestseller and a Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award in Science Technology.

Title:Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393354119
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    Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To Reviews

  • Ahmed Samir

    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...

  • Alienor ? French Frowner ?

    ^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 simplist...

  • Greta

    “Dedicated to every human with a brain. It’s not an easy thing to put up with, so well done.”Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist who also dabbles in stand-up comedy and writes a popular science blog ...

  • Emma

    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...

  • Will Once

    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 wri...

  • David

    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 scie...

  • Neil

    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. ...

  • Supratim

    Pop neuroscience at its best! Good job, Dr. Dean Burnett! Good job indeed!This book has been written by Dr. Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist who used to write a satirical science column for the Guardian...

  • Dana Ilie

    I am deeply disappointed.An unattractive blend of information, without salt and pepper, nothing innovative....

  • Clif Hostetler

    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...