A Mind of Its Own

  • by Cordelia Fine
  • Narrated by Judith West
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Provocative enough to make you start questioning your each and every action." (Entertainment Weekly)
The brain's power is confirmed and touted every day in new studies and research. And yet we tend to take our brains for granted, without suspecting that those masses of hard-working neurons might not always be working for us.
Cordelia Fine introduces us to a brain we might not want to meet, a brain with a mind of its own. She illustrates the brain's tendency toward self-delusion as she explores how the mind defends and glorifies the ego by twisting and warping our perceptions. Our brains employ a slew of inborn mind-bugs and prejudices, from hindsight bias to unrealistic optimism, from moral excuse-making to wishful thinking - all designed to prevent us from seeing the truth about the world and the people around us, and about ourselves.

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This is a must read for anyone with a brain :)

What made the experience of listening to A Mind of Its Own the most enjoyable?

I love studies and good examples, but in easily to understand terms. The author explains all the concepts well and and has a good sense of humor, which makes this book very enjoyable.


What did you like best about this story?

All the research studies and examples.


What about Judith West’s performance did you like?

It is not my favorite narrator, but I listen for the information.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How your brain distorts and deceives.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-23-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios