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A Mind of Its Own : How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives

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In recent years, we've heard a lot about the extraordinary workings of our hundred-billion-celled brain: its amazing capacities to regulate sensation, perception, thinking, and feeling, its ability to shape all experience and define our identity. But there is a brain we don't generally hear about, a brain we might not want to hear about, a brain with a mind of its own.

Exposing the mind's deceptions and exploring how the mind defends and glorifies the ego, Dr. Cordelia Fine ...

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Overview

In recent years, we've heard a lot about the extraordinary workings of our hundred-billion-celled brain: its amazing capacities to regulate sensation, perception, thinking, and feeling, its ability to shape all experience and define our identity. But there is a brain we don't generally hear about, a brain we might not want to hear about, a brain with a mind of its own.

Exposing the mind's deceptions and exploring how the mind defends and glorifies the ego, Dr. Cordelia Fine illustrates the brain's tendency toward self-delusion. Unbeknownst to us, our brain-vain, emotional, immoral, deluded, pigheaded, secretive, weak-willed, and bigoted-pushes, pulls, twists, and warps our perceptions. Each of us has a slew of prejudices that prevent us from seeing the truth about the world, the people around us, and ourselves. With fascinating studies to support her arguments, Dr. Fine takes us on an insightful, rip-roaringly funny tour through the brain you never knew you had.

About the Author:
Cordelia Fine is currently a research associate at the Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne in Australia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840467987
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 1/4/2007

Meet the Author

Cordelia Fine, the author of A Mind of Its Own and Delusions of Gender, is a writer and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
The Vain Brain For a softer, kinder reality     3
The Emotional Brain Sweaty fingers in all the pies     31
The Immoral Brain The terrible toddler within     55
The Deluded Brain A slapdash approach to the truth     79
The Pigheaded Brain Loyalty a step too far     105
The Secretive Brain Exposing the guile of the mental butler     129
The Weak-willed Brain The prima donna within     151
The Bigoted Brain "Thug ... tart ... slob ... nerd ... airhead"     177
Epilogue: The Vulnerable Brain     201
Notes     211
Index     233
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