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Bite sized science factoids - great for dinner discussions!
on July 8, 2012
Brain Trust is a collection of random bits of knowledge and surprising or interesting facts. From deciphering body language and spotting a liar to learning how to lose weight, bet in sports, or teach toddlers perfect pitch, the book covers a broad large range of science and social science topics. The addition of mini exercises at the end of some of the points makes it more interactive. Were you actually absorbing the point, or in passive book scanning mode?
I liked that each subject came in small digestable chunks (nothing was more than a couple pages long) so that you can just pick up the book in between tasks when you just had a couple minutes to spare. Every topic also has the original research or researcher cited (with web links where applicable) so you can do more reading if you were so inclined. It's also nice that the topics are spread out pretty randomly so you go from building flying cyborg beetles to learning how to learn.
Beyond interesting factoids (like how to grow giant man eating plants), there are many practical applications too (set a time limit on small decisions to avoid decision paralysis).
Overall, while many of the topics are covered in other books (if you read books like Freakanomics, etc.) there are just so many things covered that it's
a) worth the mini refreshers and
b) likely you will find something new and entertaining worth knowing
This is a good book if you're the type of person who likes to learn a little about a variety of subjects.