• The Idiot Brain

  • A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really up To
  • By: Dean Burnett
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-22-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.7 (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Why do you lose arguments with people who know MUCH LESS than you?
Why can you recognize that woman, from that thing...but can't remember her name?
And why, after your last break-up, did you find yourself in the fetal position on the sofa for days, moving only to wipe the snot and tears haphazardly from your face? Here's why: the idiot brain.
For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganized. For example, your memory is egotistical. No, really. Conspiracy theories and superstitions are the inevitable effects of a healthy brain. And alcohol can actually improve your memory.**
In The Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett tours our mysterious and mischievous grey (and white) matter. Along the way he explains the human brain's imperfections in all their glory and how these influence everything we say, do and experience. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this audiobook is for anyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.
**Editor's note: please listen to the book before testing this conclusion.
From the hugely popular Guardian science blogger, a surprising, funny and mind-bending examination of how and why the brain sabotages our behavior.
©2016 Dean Burnett (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him... a great read." (Jon Ronson)
"An entertaining romp through the science of our mental mental processes. Full of fascinating insight into the brain and the origins of our crazy behaviour." (Gaia Vince)
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By Amazon Customer on 12-07-16

wild world of the brain explained simply

A great humorous explanation of how our mind works told in a simple way that is both entertaining and informative.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

By Cheryl on 08-26-16

Enlightening read

Very entertaining and balances humour with
hard facts extremely well. Made my idiot brain feel like it was actually learning something.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By John Robinson on 01-03-17

Information and humor

Educational and makes you laugh along the journey. If you are interested in the brain, then this book might tickle your fancy.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

By kathleen on 04-07-16


The story and naration had a magical quality for helping me sleep in a time of stress. The text was not taxing and loosely held my attention whilst the narration was even and unobtrusive. Thanks.

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