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Kip

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  • The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Shankar Vedantam
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The "hidden brain" is Shankar Vedantam's shorthand for a host of brain functions, emotional responses, and cognitive processes that happen outside of our conscious awareness, but that have a decisive effect on how we behave. The hidden brain has its finger on the scale when we make all of our most complex and important decisions - it decides who we fall in love with, whether we should convict someone of murder, or which way to run when someone yells "fire!"

    Anne says: "Adjunct Instructor of Psychology"
    "A highly biased look at hidden bias."
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    The first third of the book was interesting and thought provoking. The rest of the book was very difficult to get through. In a book written to help people understand hidden biases it was impossible to overlook the authors obvious far left bias. This book is full unending gushing praise toward the 2008 Obama campaign and how the republicans use hidden racial bias to win elections. The authors personal distrust of the police along with the claim he received a speeding ticket because he was a person of color had me wondering if he had digested anything he wrote in the first third of the book. To top it off near the end of the book you are treated to an unbearable anti gun diatribe backed up by questionable facts cherry picked to make his preconceived argument.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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