Book: The Idiot Brain

NON-FICTIONThe Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up Toby Dean Burnett Allen & Unwin (2016)RRP $29.99 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. The bottom line, Dean Burnett tells us, is that the brain is fallible. It is “incredibly messy and disorganised” despite its profound role at the very seat of consciousness. But he is not disconsolate about that. Rather, with good humour, he sets out to celebrate the brain’s haphazard properties with a look at the brain’s odder qualities and how the things it does affects us –…

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