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Join New Scientist on a mind-expanding rollercoaster ride through intelligence, creativity, your unconscious and beyond.Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner' Join New Scientist on a mind-expanding rollercoaster ride through intelligence, creativity, your unconscious and beyond.Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner's manual. You have to just plug and play. As a result, most of us never properly understand how our brains work and what they're truly capable of. We fail get the best out of them, ignore some of their most useful features and struggle to overcome their design faults. Until now, that is. Featuring witty essays,enlightening infographics and fascinating "try this at home" experiments,New Scientist take you on a journey through intelligence, memory, creativity, the unconscious and beyond. From the strange ways to distort what we think of as "reality" to the brain hacks that can improve memory,The Brain: A User's Guide will help you understand your brain and show you how to use it to its full potential.


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Join New Scientist on a mind-expanding rollercoaster ride through intelligence, creativity, your unconscious and beyond.Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner' Join New Scientist on a mind-expanding rollercoaster ride through intelligence, creativity, your unconscious and beyond.Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner's manual. You have to just plug and play. As a result, most of us never properly understand how our brains work and what they're truly capable of. We fail get the best out of them, ignore some of their most useful features and struggle to overcome their design faults. Until now, that is. Featuring witty essays,enlightening infographics and fascinating "try this at home" experiments,New Scientist take you on a journey through intelligence, memory, creativity, the unconscious and beyond. From the strange ways to distort what we think of as "reality" to the brain hacks that can improve memory,The Brain: A User's Guide will help you understand your brain and show you how to use it to its full potential.

30 review for The Brain: A User's Guide

  1. 4 out of 5

    Livresque

    Absolutely fascinating. Now a days there are way too many books pretending to pose as a credible source on neurobiology and psychology. This is obviously not that. It's obstinate obsession with factual evidence and articulation of different viewpoint appeals the analytic and scientific side of me very much. Later I tried to explore many concepts described in this book on the google scholar and I was amazed by the fact how updated this book was. The topics discussed in this book are indeed intric Absolutely fascinating. Now a days there are way too many books pretending to pose as a credible source on neurobiology and psychology. This is obviously not that. It's obstinate obsession with factual evidence and articulation of different viewpoint appeals the analytic and scientific side of me very much. Later I tried to explore many concepts described in this book on the google scholar and I was amazed by the fact how updated this book was. The topics discussed in this book are indeed intricate but if you pay attention, it will amaze you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Urresti

    This book is a bunch of small articles that describes several aspects of our Brain - from structure to diseases to how to take care of it. Some articles are about right on size, some will trigger your curiosity to learn more on that specific point. I'm suspect as I like this kind of summary, but this is not a through dissection of our Brain - it's a quick user's guide. This book is a bunch of small articles that describes several aspects of our Brain - from structure to diseases to how to take care of it. Some articles are about right on size, some will trigger your curiosity to learn more on that specific point. I'm suspect as I like this kind of summary, but this is not a through dissection of our Brain - it's a quick user's guide.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacob North

    Excellent guide to our human mind! Full of interesting tidbits with practical applications to helping improve your mental capacity and understanding the quirks and features of the most high-tech device in existence.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Shea

    Great compilation of all the odd ways in which our brain works. Is there free will? How do we record memories? What do those with strange brain anomalies tell us about how our brain works? Yes it is a compliation, but I certainly enjoyed it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    A good superficial overview for the layperson about some of the aspects of the brain. Does not dive deep enough for a proper understanding, but presents the reader with a good foundation from which to understand deeper research of various research fields related to the brain.

  6. 5 out of 5

    K B

    An at times engaging collection of writings from a mix of authors that ultimately falls somewhat short of the mark.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cloay

    - available in SG NLB 612.82 (Sengkang

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sinet Sem

    The book is organized into different chapters making it easy to follow.

  9. 5 out of 5

    James Miller

    Lots of detail, lots of images. Lacks the references to New Scientist articles I had expected.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul moved to LibraryThing

    Lazy compilation of what I imagine must've been a weekly column. Nothing else explains the endless repetitions and the general depth lacking pop science trivia. Lazy compilation of what I imagine must've been a weekly column. Nothing else explains the endless repetitions and the general depth lacking pop science trivia.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    Very accessible overview of a good selection of neural topics.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Keith Oddy

    Typical New Scientists Got more from the read than expected. Typical New Scientist, much content yet somehow style over substance. Thought provoking illustrations.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Khawar Saleem

    the first audio book I read(?) definitely reading it again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abdessamad Benghazala

    My current Bible. I only swear by the researches done in this book, the diversity of examples shown here are mystifying. The brain is indeed a miracle, just not yours to play with or control.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ketan Ramteke

    Enjoyed is, but as my brain is not strong enough to store all the information provided in the book I might start considering nicotine and rapid left to right eye movement to boost my mental capabilities 🤭 Jokes aside, it was very interesting read and definitely learned thing or two about our brain which is merely 2% our bodyweight, gobbles up ~20% of energy to make us what we are.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chip

    Pop science at it's finest.... If you have a brain, you don't need to waste time reading this book. Pop science at it's finest.... If you have a brain, you don't need to waste time reading this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lozza

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Adkin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pluskwa

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Azzola

  21. 5 out of 5

    Niall

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Gómez

  23. 4 out of 5

    FKN

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marc Alexander

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matt Knight

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ian

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nikhil

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rai

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tara Octiyara

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