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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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    Jason Patterson, LA, United States 05-28-12
    Jason Patterson, LA, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.

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    "Handy bits of knowledge!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brain Trust to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Sundam made the boring otherwise interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brain Trust?

    So many facts I'm gonna have to listen again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Him learning to surf.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend to everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Revie Michelle Lang Smith Oklahoma City, OK, United States 05-24-12
    Revie Michelle Lang Smith Oklahoma City, OK, United States 05-24-12

    Analyst. Abolitionist. Advocate. Challenger. Educator. Humanitarian.

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    "Brain Trust is Fun Trust!"
    Would you listen to Brain Trust again? Why?

    This fun audio book must be listened to more than once. There's so much to "take-in" that you'll find it odd, but interesting; fun, but serious. The information and delivery is fascinating; and from one story (chapter) to the next, you'll hear things that make you go, "mhmmmm.... I need to see that research in writing!!" --which is cool, because there's a companion pdf that you'll get with the purchased download.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Garth Sundem's performance throughout the book is pleasant. The information alone with keep you captivated because the research goes from bizarre to bizarre, promising to make you think and re-think.


    Have you listened to any of Garth Sundem’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've heard Garth Sundem.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. But, just know, you'll want to listen to it again (chapter by chapter).


    Any additional comments?

    If you would find a government's ability to turn flying beetles into cyborgs for military operations tantalizing, then this is definitely a mind-tickler you will love.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. A. Wexler Princeton NJ 04-09-12
    B. A. Wexler Princeton NJ 04-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting for egg heads"

    Very good book; however quite technical and a little too much detail. A good variety subjects but some are not very interesting. Enjoyed listening to it and would recommend to friends with a technical background.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 06-17-12
    Russell 06-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A lots of neat information"
    Where does Brain Trust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20%


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good stuff to hack your life. Useful and fun info.


    What does Garth Sundem bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Energetic read


    Any additional comments?

    A good use of a credit

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AZ Crazy 04-23-12
    AZ Crazy 04-23-12
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    "Entertaining and Enlightening"
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    I enjoyed this book so much, I ordered three hard copies for my audibly challenged friends. It highlights some very interesting and startling facts in a non-political, entertaining way. And it reminded me of some of the more laughable moments of family life.Thanks to Mr. Sundem for an entertaining read!

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    Jessica Bailey Elyria, Oh. 04-21-12
    Jessica Bailey Elyria, Oh. 04-21-12 Member Since 2014

    Pet Stylist

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    "Interesting but on an inconsistent basis"
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    This is a great book for the curious mind. I was bored through certain sections, such as "how to win at scrabble" and excerpts relating to diagrams should have been edited in an audiobook. However I did learn some pretty interesting things. One recommendation I would make to the listener. Book mark the sections that you find relavent to you so that you can refer back to them. I am going to have to relisten because there are a lot of facts that I have already forgotten. Narration was good tho.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Woodard Alexandria, VA 04-11-12
    Eric Woodard Alexandria, VA 04-11-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Garth Sounds Like a Really Nice Guy But..."

    Garth Sounds Like a Really Nice Guy But...I just couldn't get into this book.

    To me, it was just a little too cutesy (is that a word?) - Garth's chuckles at his own humorous observations just kind of drove me crazy - I couldn't get through this audiobook.

    However, it's very well researched and if you can get around the pet peeve I experienced, you'll like it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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