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  • How We Learn

  • Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine...for Now
  • By: Stanislas Dehaene
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (345 ratings)

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How We Learn

By: Stanislas Dehaene
Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
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Publisher's summary

“There are words that are so familiar they obscure rather than illuminate the thing they mean, and ‘learning’ is such a word. It seems so ordinary, everyone does it. Actually it’s more of a black box, which Dehaene cracks open to reveal the awesome secrets within.” (The New York Times Book Review)

An illuminating dive into the latest science on our brain's remarkable learning abilities and the potential of the machines we program to imitate them.

The human brain is an extraordinary learning machine. Its ability to reprogram itself is unparalleled, and it remains the best source of inspiration for recent developments in artificial intelligence. But how do we learn? What innate biological foundations underlie our ability to acquire new information, and what principles modulate their efficiency?

In How We Learn, Stanislas Dehaene finds the boundary of computer science, neurobiology, and cognitive psychology to explain how learning really works and how to make the best use of the brain’s learning algorithms in our schools and universities, as well as in everyday life and at any age.

©2020 Stanislas Dehaene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"[An] expert overview of learning.... Never mind our opposable thumb, upright posture, fire, tools, or language; it is education that enabled humans to conquer the world.... Dehaene's fourth insightful exploration of neuroscience will pay dividends for attentive readers." (Kirkus Reviews)

“[Dehaene] rigorously examines our remarkable capacity for learning. The baby brain is especially awesome and not a 'blank slate'.... Dehaene’s portrait of the human brain is fascinating.” (Booklist)

"A richly instructive [book] for educators, parents, and others interested in how to most effectively foster the pursuit of knowledge." (Publishers Weekly)