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Joseph

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  • Brain Magic - Part One: Brain Facts & Figures

    • UNABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Nancy Slessenger, Andy Gilbert
    • Narrated By Nancy Slessenger, Andy Gilbert
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    (20)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    Introduction and background research to the Brain Magic series. Includes 21 questions and answers, on such topics as brain capacity - myths and reality; how much of your brain you use; the differences between men's and women's brains; and more.

    Occasional Reviewer says: "Give it a miss"
    "Give it a miss"
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    The blurb is rather misleading. One expects a serious if fairly popular account of current neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. The first volume offers some of that, from Slessenger, a science journalist, but most of the rest of the set is taken over by a Gilbert, a goofy motivational speaker, good-natured and assertive but ignorant and vulgar. I had to give up on it. There are many other titles available that give real neuroscience, sometimes in the context of more particular topics: Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, Cacioppo's Loneliness, even Johnson's Mind Wide Open. Bryson's Nearly Everything and Angier's The Canon also contain a good deal of legitimate neuroscience, though aimed specifically at a popular audience. Brain Magic isn't anywhere close to joining the real third culture league. It keeps company instead with Lipton's The Biology of Belief and Pink's A Whole New Mind--other stinkers I had to trashcan after just a few minutes, plenty of time time to reveal the quality of intelligence at work.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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