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The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer
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Sep 05, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011
Read in September, 2011

Some things about the book that bothered me:

1.) The number of times Shermer inserts himself into the science. "And then I was talking to a guy while I was on a TV show and you wouldn't BELIEVE the crazy things he was saying to me." Okay, Shermer, we get it, you're famous. And you think people who believe in things that you don't believe in are crazy.

2.) The fact there were some throw away things said that I know were false. I mean, sure, they were throw away things and not essential to the overall narrative, but they showed a lack of rigor in fact checking.

3.) I know enough about neuroscience to know that when Shermer talks about things happening in certain regions of the brain and/or in specific halves of the brain, serious neuroscientists cringe.

On the upside, the last chapter was fascinating.

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