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Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind

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Everything from neurons to consciousness in the blink of an eye (which takes 300 milliseconds).

Take a “fantastic voyage†through the whorls and curves of the human brain, no miniaturization required. Learn everything from how quickly you can possibly think (and that left-handed people think faster) to why being bad feels so good (yes, there’s a biochemical explan

Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Not one star because for people who know absolutely nothing about the subject it is an OK overview of the topics and terminology.
janice moore
Jun 17, 2016 janice moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dummies book on the Brain

Extraordinary info for laymen and Very helpful for an aging male. I currently am beginning to have memory problems but my ability to collect and understand information is still good. Great to learn that some of my memory concerns are natural and most likely due to aging. Thank you!!!!!!!
Jul 23, 2011 Dgg32 rated it really liked it
A simple book about our brain. Easy to follow, good for non-neuroscienst. However, there are too many unknown about our mind, how it functions and its chemical natural, a lot of the topics are still only speculations. The book handles such uncertainty well: it provides with references and appears to be plausible.

Fast read though IMHO a bit expensive for this amount of information.
Jun 10, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
I read an advance copy of this a while ago. The breezy tone was sometimes genuinely funny, sometimes forced. Although I don't remember much I learned, it's a fun book to have on hand when you have a few minutes to kill.
Nov 08, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it
Fascinating and very fun! I love the abbreviated "60-second science" approach. Each topic is only 2 short pages and is broken up into 3 sections: The Basics, On the Frontier, and Cocktail Party Tidbits. Need gift ideas for a hard-to-shop-for man? This would be a great bathroom book!
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Feb 25, 2013 Hasinah Ozair rated it really liked it
it good in explaining the brains in a simpler way! and its fun!
Aug 27, 2014 Zeke rated it really liked it
Personally, i thought it was a good guide to simple neuroscience, (as if neuroscience was simple), and a good book to look through.
Aug 15, 2013 Trudy rated it it was amazing
Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind is a well-written, at times humorous, and very informative look at the human brain. Fun!
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excellent intro! wide range of subjects, but only 2 pages on each
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Madison Mega-Mara...: Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind 1 2 Aug 15, 2013 05:11PM  
Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in Wired, Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, Seed, Discover, Slate, Good, New York, Popular Mechanics, Foreign Policy, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.

Her book, Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, will be published in March 2013 by Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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