Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives by Dean Buonomano (Aug 2012)

This was a fun book to listen to.  The reader has good inflection, making this sciencey subject easy to absorb.  This is evolutionary neuroscience and psychology, and should appeal to readers of Malcolm Gladwell and his ilk.  My favorite part of the book was the section on religion:  what are the evolutionary and biological explanations for religious belief?  Buonomano’s main point is that we typically think about things in certain ways for good evolutionary reasons . . . and yet, there’s often a negative side to the very curiosities of our personalities that are functional.  When we are aware of these “bugs” in our systems, we can anticipate them and find work-arounds.  Fascinating stuff.

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About Cheryl McNeil
I am the User Services Librarian at the Orangeburg Library in Orangeburg, NY

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