I LOVE Tina Fey on 30 Rock and consider her acting to be first class. This book leaves me irritated and bored frankly: her childhood tales just aren't that interesting, and her performance is grating. I switched from listening to this to David Sedaris and felt immediate relief... made me realize that her humor is far more appropriate in a theatrical/TV ensemble setting.
I loved this book. McRaney has covered some very useful areas of recent research on the brain and how it can make "us" feel like we are in control, when in fact we are highly pre-disposed to certain kinds of behavior and thought processes. It is often very amusing and certainly never dull. I find myself often referring to it in conversations because it provides so many good illustrations of the way in which our perception/thinking is flawed and/or foretold by our evolutionary development. I can't wait for his next book.
I am not a big one for self-help books, but this book is very helpful in the way it not only sheds light on the science behind brain function, but also offers useful tips on how to apply that insight on a daily basis. It keeps the science simple and the examples relevant: we all face the daily challenges that the author's principle characters encounter. He shows us why we succumb to fuzzy thinking and offers a way out of the vicious cycle of self-defeatist behavior. Very worthwhile!
It is a wonderful book for those new to - or familiar with - the history and workings of evolution. It offers great detail on experiments that shed light on how evolution can be witnessed in a short space of time, as well as over centuries.
It is always refreshing to be reminded of the opportunities we all have to succeed if we apply ourselves, take risks, work hard and persist. This is just such a tale, and it is a motivating story. However, the writing is rather dull and the vocal delivery is uninspired. He should have hired a ghost writer and better narrator to spice the "medium" up.
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