Neuroscientist’s new book explores blind spots and other brain teasers

the brain is getting two completely contradictory pieces of information. And the primitive part of the brain can’t work out how that can happen. In nature, the only way that can happen is if we’ve been poisoned. So the brain goes: “Just throw up! (istockphoto) Dean Burnett doesn’t think the human brain is so great. He thinks it’s messy, sloppy and, sometimes, downright annoying.The Welsh neuroscientist, who writes the popular science blog “Brain flapping” for the Guardian newspaper, was tired of seeing typical books on neuroscience treat the brain as a mysterious, revered and almost mystical organ. So, Burnett decided to knock it off its pedestal in his new book, The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up To. Burnett is also a stand-up comedian, and…


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