- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393253783
- ISBN-13: 978-0393253788
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Entertaining . . . offers illuminating discussions of the way the memory works, of fear and panic attacks, of our susceptibility to being conned or depressed, and of the marvels of the human senses.”
- Wall Street Journal
“We love a good brain book, and Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett might just be our new favorite.”
“A neuroscientist's irreverent guide to the brain. . . . Burnett manages to both entertain and inform in engaging ways that would benefit the performance of the most humorless pedant.”
- Kirkus (starred review)
“British neuroscientist Burnett, author of the Guardian blog Brain Flapping, packs an incredible amount of information into an accessible package with this breezy, charming collection of pop neuroscience musings on 'how the human brain does its own thing despite everything the modern world can throw at it.'”
- Publishers Weekly
“In Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett doesn't just explain the weird inner workings of our brain's most bizarre bits and pieces in terms that we can understand, he explains them in terms we can laugh at, and relate to. If you've ever wanted to sit down with a neuroscientist, have a few drinks, ask a zillion questions, and laugh until you snorted, read this book.”
- David McRaney, best-selling author of You Are Not So Smart
“I really admire Dean Burnett’s work. He’s very compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him and you know it’s going to be a great read.”
- Jon Ronson, best-selling author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed
“An entertaining romp through the science of our mental processes . . . fascinating.”
- Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene
About the Author
Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist working as a lecturer and tutor for the Centre for Medical Education at Cardiff University. He writes the Guardian’s most-read science blog, "Brain Flapping," and dabbles in stand-up comedy.
Top customer reviews
- "Science is the work of humans. By and large, humans are messy, chaotic and illogical creatures (due largely to the workings of the human brain) and much of science reflects this."
- "The brain is still an internal organ in the human body, and as such is a tangled mess of habits, traits, outdated processes and inefficient systems. In many ways, the brain is a victim of its own success; it’s evolved over millions of years to reach this current level of complexity, but as a result it has accrued a great deal of junk, like a hard drive riddled with old software programs and obsolete downloads that interrupt basic processes."
- "Sadly, the words “reliable” and “accurate” can rarely be applied to the workings of the brain, particularly for memory. The memories retrieved by the brain are sometimes comparable to a hairball coughed up by a cat, the product of a lot of alarming internal mangling."
The book is well written with humor effectively used to make important points. It is an easy read that I enjoyed on a cruise. I found it to be a very good summary of what is currently understood in human biology/psychology as it relates to our behavior and think it would be excellent mandatory reading toward the end of an undergraduate degree program. The simplicity and humor in all the chapters demonstrates how well the author understands the material and certain he would be a delight to listen to in person.