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 explanation).

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Dgg32
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.
Lisa
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!
Jessica
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.
Trudy
Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind is a well-written, at times humorous, and very informative look at the human brain. Fun!
Kimeduc8r
excellent intro! wide range of subjects, but only 2 pages on each
Hasinah Ozair
it good in explaining the brains in a simpler way! and its fun!
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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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