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Brain Magic - Part One: Brain Facts & Figures | [Nancy Slessenger, Andy Gilbert]

Brain Magic - Part One: Brain Facts & Figures

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.
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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.

©2005 Go MAD Thinking; (P)2005 Go MAD Thinking

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    Occasional Reviewer St. Louis, Missouri United States 12-20-08
    Occasional Reviewer St. Louis, Missouri United States 12-20-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Give it a miss"

    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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    bmcdiarmid Red Deer, AB, Canada 06-14-09
    bmcdiarmid Red Deer, AB, Canada 06-14-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Brain Magic - Part One (Unabridged)"

    This was a good intro, but the book is split into several parts and isn't worth paying the money for in several parts. Read Brain Rules by Medina instead! At least you get a whole book!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 12-04-09
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 12-04-09

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Brain Drain..."

    Brain Magic was a complete waste of time and money. It was like Car-Talk (the NPR radio program) discussing their opinions on the brain. The book Brain Rules was worth reading, this program was just hideous.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Piano man 2007
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    12/15/09
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    "Not impressed"


    I was not impressed by this audiobook as opposed to the review that made me wildly enthusiastic.

    The first 5 minutes the author is rambling about why they made this and where and ... We don't care about this... We payed to hear info and learn stuff.

    I also had the feeling this audiobook was made in one studio take, cut into 6 or 8 parts and sold as separate audio books...

    It's starts to get a bit interesting when the doctor in neurology comes in.

    I hoped to learn stuff on the brain, but what you learn are those frequently asked questions as :

    Why are women better @ multitasking...
    How many braincells do we have ...

    summary :

    I'm not reluctant to buy the 2nd one.
    For me this audiobook didn't live up to my expectations.
    I don't feel like I got what I payed for.
    What WAS good, was too short, (34 minutes total length minus the 5 minute introduction & a couple of minutes for the jokes they tell each other.)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Burton On Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    2/5/09
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    "Informative but expensive"

    Brain Magic is an excellent, informative series but this is an expensive introduction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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