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Mindreal by Robert Evan Ornstein
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Nov 22, 2009

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Recommended to Eduardo by: Dave Chamberlin
Recommended for: 10- to 20-year-olds wanting a quick jolt out of their fundamental assumptions
Read in November, 2009 , read count: 1

Raucous. The cartoons, an obvious homage to Larry Gonick, just didn't work for me: I found them busy, distracting, and not entirely illustrative of the important points. Ornstein's tone is heavyhanded, feeling more like a lecture than a presentation. This is unfortunate, because the topics covered in this book are important ones that every self-aware person should understand: how our mind works, how it can trick us.

For those curious, I might instead recommend On Being Certain Believing You Are Right Even When You're Not or the works of Robert Sapolsky or John Allen Paulos.

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