The Genius Within: Unlocking Your Brain's Potential

The Genius Within: Unlocking Your Brain's Potential

by David Adam


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Following the success of The Man Who Couldn’t Stop, David Adam now expounds on the latest research into intelligence, revealing how this revolution in neuroscience will help us access the untapped potential locked within us all.

What if you have more intelligence than you realize? What if there is a genius inside you, just waiting to be released? And what if the route to better brain power is not hard work or thousands of hours of practice but to simply swallow a pill?

In The Genius Within, David Adam explores the groundbreaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works—to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. He considers how we measure and judge intelligence, taking us on a fascinating tour of the history of brain science and medicine, from gentlemen scientist brain autopsy clubs to case studies of mental health patients with extraordinary savant abilities.

In addition to reporting on the latest research and fascinating case studies, David also goes on his own personal journey to investigate the possibilities of neuroenhancement, using himself as a guinea pig for smart pills and electrical brain stimulation in order to improve his IQ scores and cheat his way into MENSA. Getting to the heart of how we think about intelligence and mental ability, The Genius Within plunges into deep ethical, neuroscientific, and historical pools of enquiry about the science of brain function, untapping potential, and what it means for all of us.

Going to the heart of how we consider, measure, and judge mental ability, The Genius Within asks difficult questions about the science that could rank and define us, and inevitably shape our future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681776743
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dr. David Adam, author of The Man Who Couldn’t Stop, is an editor at Nature. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop was the winner of the Medical Journalists' Association's Tony Thistlethwaite Award, was a Finalist for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, and was the recipient of the International OCD Foundation's Illumination Award. David has reported from Antarctica, the Arctic, China, and the depths of the Amazon jungle. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Our Brain Revolution 11

2 Mensa Material 27

3 A Problem of Intelligence 43

4 Treating and Cheating 63

5 Pills and Skills 81

6 The Mutual Autopsy Society 99

7 Born with Brains 119

8 Current Thinking 141

9 The Man Who Learned to Cry 153

10 The Brain and Other Muscles 165

11 The Little Girl Who Could Draw 195

12 The Genius Within 231

13 The Happiest Man on Death Row 253

14 On the Brain Train 279

15 Faster, Stronger, Smarter 307

Acknowledgements 315

References 317

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