Brain Bugs

  • by Dean Buonomano
  • Narrated by William Hughes
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A lively, surprising tour of our mental glitches and how they arise.
With its trillions of connections, the human brain is more beautiful and complex than anything we could ever build, but it’s far from perfect: our memory is unreliable; we can’t multiply large sums in our heads; advertising manipulates our judgment; we tend to distrust people who are different from us; supernatural beliefs and superstitions are hard to shake; we prefer instant gratification to long-term gain; and what we presume to be rational decisions are often anything but. Drawing on striking examples and fascinating studies, neuroscientist Dean Buonomano illuminates the causes and consequences of these “bugs” in terms of the brain’s innermost workings and their evolutionary purposes. He then goes one step further, examining how our brains function—and malfunction—in the digital, predator-free, information-saturated, special-effects-addled world that we have built for ourselves. Along the way, Brain Bugs gives us the tools to hone our cognitive strengths while recognizing our inherent weaknesses.

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What the Critics Say

“Intriguing take on behavioral economics, marketing, and human foibles.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Very interesting book covering a lot in good detai

I thoroughly enjoyed this book finding its coverage of this topic very good, the details just right. It brings together information on how our brains work, and what problems this causes for us, the brain bugs.

Very good read for any one wanting to get overall understanding of the brain, how it works and what issues that causes us.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.