Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives

Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives

by Dean Buonomano


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ISBN-13: 9784309252735
Publisher: Kawadeshobo Shinsha/Tsai Fong Books
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Dean Buonomano is a professor of neurobiology and psychology at UCLA and a leading theorist on the neuroscience of time. His previous book, Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Memory Web 19

2 Memory Upgrade Needed 47

3 Brain Crashes 70

4 Temporal Distortions 94

5 Fear Factor 120

6 Unreasonable Reasoning 142

7 The Advertising Bug 171

8 The Supernatural Bug 197

9 Debugging 220

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 241

Bibliography 263

Credits 297

Index 299

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Brain Bugs 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JeffV on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Brain Bugs uses analogies from computer terminology to explain how our minds wiring sometimes resembles errant programming. From instinctual reactions (some in the animal world -- such as skunk standing ground and spraying the car that is about turn it into road kill) to mass delusion (religion); Buonomano covers a wide array of mental malfunctions of both the mundane and bizarre variety. Vestiges of evolution that equipped our cave-dwelling ancestors to survive in a hostile world are often having the opposite effect today (such as craving foods that are bad for us in quantity like fats and sugar). One of the important lessons involves just how unreliable our memories can be -- innocent people have been sent to prison because victims are convinced that someone who looks similar was the perpetrator of the crime. The power of suggestion and positive feedback also can lead our minds astray. Awareness of these flaws won't necessarily prevent it from happening to us, but knowing they exist can help guide us accordingly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aptly illustrates complex brain functions for the non-scientist.
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jtdavies More than 1 year ago
If you've read Oliver Sacks then this book doesn't provide much new information Also, the author's left wing bias comes through in a book that is not about politics. I'm sure he sees himself as clever but I found it unnecessary and off-putting.