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How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of Our Addiction to Stories (The MIT Press) Paperback – August 13, 2019

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His patient frustration at humanity's persistent wrong-headedness nicely seasons well-judged chapters that carefully guide the non-scientist through a history – there is no other word for it – of 20th-century neurological discoveries that prove his point.—TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION

Rosenberg has written a fascinating and challenging book, one that every historian should read and take into account.



"Has narrative history long been held hostage to 'theory of mind,' and, thus, getting things all wrong? It has, and it is likely to continue doing so, as long as it reflexively accomodates itself to minds eager to be 'besotted by stories,' argues Alex Rosenberg in his thought-provoking new book that brings together social sciences, neuroscience, and cognitive evolutionary psychology and anthropology. It is a page-turner (Rosenberg knows how to tell a good story!) that starts an expertly and timely conversation about the role of cognitive adaptations in shaping academic and popular discourses."

Lisa Zunshine, Bush-Holbrook Professor of English, University of Kentucky; author of Getting Inside Your Head: What Cognitive Science Can Tell Us about Popular Culture

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  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 296 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0262537990
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0262537995
  • Publisher : The MIT Press; Reprint Edition (August 13, 2019)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.13 x 0.78 x 9.06 inches
  • Language: : English
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