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Peter

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  • Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dean Buonomano
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (152)

    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.

    Sean says: "Superficial, but mostly correct"
    "Embarrasing commentary on what we 'think' we know"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one that thinks could possibly enjoy this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure. I'm sure I can find something fun though. You have a good selection. I just need to be more careful next time :-)


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Hughes’s performances?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I was dumbfounded by the superficial,simplistic nature of this book. The mental gymnastics performed by the author to try and explain the functions of the brain from a naturalistic, evolutionary perspective was just embarassing for me. Sorry :( .... There were also derogatory remarks made towards the end regarding catholic dogma/belief. Not a good experience for me this one.

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