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Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More! | [Garth Sundem]

Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More!

How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?
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Publisher's Summary

Blind Them… with SCIENCE!

How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?

With this mighty little tome, you can have the next best thing - because Brain Trust is packed with bite-sized scientific wisdom on our everyday challenges, hand-delivered to you direct from the galaxy’s biggest brains. Based entirely on interviews with an incredible lineup of luminaries from the fields of neuroscience, economics, anthropology, music, mathematics, and more, Brain Trust is full of cutting-edge science that’ll help you see the real world better - and smarter.

Discover:

  • what advanced math can teach you about getting all your chores done today
  • how creating a ‘future self’ can help you shop smarter at the grocery store
  • what prairie voles can teach us about love
  • how the science of happiness can help you trick lawyers into doing charity work
  • the components of gullibility, and how they can help you scam-proof yourself
  • the secrets to building your very own army of cyborg beetles
  • how memetic information can help you exploit altruism for good…or evil
  • why eating for eight hours can help you lose weight
  • the behavioral economics behind selling your junk for big bucks on eBay
  • how to get more pleasure for less price

…And much, much more.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Garth Sundem (P)2012 Random House

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    Hasan Yasin Öztürk 03-06-13

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    "Junior Chit Chat"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Complete rewrite, narration by someone else with much less fake excitement.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Garth Sundem again?

    Nope.


    What didn’t you like about Garth Sundem’s performance?

    Extremely amateur, disturbingly college-hype talker. This is not a book; but an exaggerated low quality talk you can listen to at a coffee shop near any college overhearing junior students. Awful. I very rarely write reviews; but this one deserves it. Just listen to the preview and read some other reviews, you will understand very well. I wish I had done that before purchase. Couldn't stand it even though I tried being patient and listen a few times. My worst Audible purchase ever.


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    MATTHEW 02-14-13
    MATTHEW 02-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Good if useless trivia is your thing"

    The whole book is what do you think about ____________. followed by expert X says that it is exactly what you would expect. This is the first author that did an excellent job reading his own book! I would recommend he spend more time reading books for audio than actually writing them. His ablity to read in an interesting manner, like there was at some point going to be something useful to come is what got me to listen to the entire book.

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    cleber são leopoldo, brazil 11-27-12
    cleber são leopoldo, brazil 11-27-12
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    "Quite curious and inspiring. In small drops."
    If you could sum up Brain Trust in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, inspiring, byte-size.


    What three words best describe Garth Sundem’s voice?

    Cheerful e confident but most of all: nerdy!!! ;-p


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect companion for subway rides, lunch breaks. Since it is a compilation of numerous described interviews with notable intellects. Each with really nice life hacks.

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    Joseph ARNOLD, MO, United States 08-23-12
    Joseph ARNOLD, MO, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"
    Where does Brain Trust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm new to the audio book world, but this book was great!


    What other book might you compare Brain Trust to and why?

    See answer above


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many, it's hard to choose. I really liked the section on training your child to have perfect pitch


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The information provided was great, but I didn't cry


    Any additional comments?

    Great information on so many topics!

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    John 08-06-12
    John 08-06-12
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    "Interesting, not practical"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depends. Though the material was interesting, there wasn't much practical information that you can actually use. If I were rating this as a book on trivia, I would have rated it an overall four star. (I felt that some of the information was a little too complex for the average layman.)


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    Lori SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-05-12
    Lori SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-05-12
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    "Needed more of a "theme""
    What would have made Brain Trust better?

    If stories were grouped by some kind of theme.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Garth Sundem again?

    Maybe, but I don't know if I would read anything by him.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was just "fine". Nothing stood out for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 07-11-12
    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting, not life changing"

    I enjoyed this book, it held my attention and provided an interesting look into some amazing research. However, interesting is the only word I have for it. I feel like it could have been more. Garth Sundem attempts to explain how the research could affect our daily lives, but the conclusions are so short and so simplified it's almost easy to miss them.

    I could have used a lot more "So...what?" in this book. How should this research affect my approach to life.

    Still, enjoyable book, interesting concepts, far from a waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    manaf 07-04-12
    manaf 07-04-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a plastic surgeon by trade A father by heart A trader by necessity A teacher by passion A child by curiosity

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    "useless"
    What disappointed you about Brain Trust?

    very few scientific or practical useful info . there were glimpses of useful information followed by tons of rubbish , the author didn't concentrate on any useful theme , basically chose at random few tidbits of questionable scientific validity and claimed it to be a book ?????


    Would you ever listen to anything by Garth Sundem again?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Garth Sundem?

    the problem is the material


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointing


    Any additional comments?

    do not buy

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Theodor Piermont, New York, United States 06-19-12
    Theodor Piermont, New York, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Dissapointing"

    I purchased this book after being intrigued by the free preview. Unfortunately, there are several things about this audio-book I don't like.

    Though I understand why authors sometimes like to narrate their own books, in this case I found it bothersome. The author should have left the narration to the professionals. His diction and pacing are fine, I'm just not a big fan of his voice and I don't think the quality of the recording is great.

    The content of the book is good and interesting at times, but I find it is often all over the place, a jumble of information that would be difficult to put to any practical use.

    Often, the author refers to a pdf... not sure where this pdf is.

    Overall, I think I probably would have really enjoyed this as a book; but as an audiobook it is disappointing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Hampton, VA, United States 06-18-12
    Donald Hampton, VA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2015

    Instructional Designer is the area of Workforce Development.

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    Of the 93 items listed, I only found about 15 helpful to me. I would say this a book for someone under 40. People over 40 may find many of these items boring or a bit childish.

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