The Idiot Brain

  • by Dean Burnett
  • Narrated by Matt Addis
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Amazon Customer

WOW! A much needed explanation. Thank you 😊

Wow, what a book. I have just finished a intensive residential programme for PTSD and feel that along with all of the education we received, added to the insight in this book has given me a better understanding of why my brain is experiencing the problems it has and it has given me one more thing to prevent any further rumination on past experiences.
Thank you Dean for providing this opportunity, it was a wonderful and enlightening listen without being bored or confused by technical jargon. Thanks to Matt for having the ability to narrate the facts in the book in a way that kept me listening for longer each time than I probably should have.

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- Nobby Senior

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-03-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios