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The Genius Within: Smart pills, brain hacks and adventures in intelligence

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"What if you have more intelligence than you realize? What if there is a genius inside you, just waiting to be released? And what if the route to better brain power is not hard work or thousands of hours of practice but to simply swallow a pill?

In The Genius Within, bestselling author David Adam explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by Picador
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Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Science has discovered almost uncountable things since the beginning of the 20th century. We have found elements and compounds that have almost magical properties, seen the vastness of the solar system and untangled the very strands of life. There are still things that we have yet to discover, secrets that the universe is yet to relinquish and one the most mysterious is what lies in the 6-inch gap between your ears.

Neuroscience is slowly revealing how the mind works and just what it is actually
Shereen Rafea
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't pick up many science books, but anytime the topic centers around intelligence and memory I am automatically drawn in and filled with fantasizes about having a super memory .
This books grabbed me from the beginning with its exciting prose that explored challenges to neuro-enhancement ( which the author says is the biggest scientific revolution of today), raised questions that broke down every inch of the problems ( ethical, scientific, statistical) that surround intelligence and a little
Henry Gee
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intelligence is like jazz - very hard to define, though you instantly know it when you come across it. Adam's rule-of-thumb definition is pragmatic and robust: intelligence is the capacity to use what you have to get what you want. With that in mind, he explores the world of smart drugs, electrical stimulation and mind hacks. More than that, he experiments on himself, with the aid of his long-suffering spouse, to increase his performance on intelligence tests, thus outfoxing MENSA (the society ...more
María .
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I didn’t even get the chance to read the whole book because of how I believe the information is repetitive. I read this book to learn about intelligence in you and in general. All this book was talking about is IQ. Just general IQ and how people’s IQ is this and that.
Bea Cuase
This is a pop science book which opens by singing the praises of Cognital Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a method of unlocking the brains hidden potential. So far, so good. The author goes on to cover a number of wide ranging topics related to the field of intelligence.

I enjoyed the books easy to read style, it is approachable and offers some interesting insights into various different scientific avenues regarding the measurement of intelligence. Lots of topics to potentially explore further.

Arnas Skulskis
I am giving away 3 stars for this book because I didn't find out nothing new about brain functioning or IQ itself. Stories about the people who experienced head traumas while obtaining amazing brain powers was interesting but nothing what was mentioned I could apply for myself except banging head to the wall and expect a miracle..
And the main idea about the brain enhancement in this book would be to zap yourself with electricity and to take some modafinil what could be said in couple sentences.
Sophy H
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating book about the brain, intelligence, IQ, memory etc. There is nothing that stands out to make it an incredible book or superior writing but the subject matter of the brain always has and still does amaze me. I found it interesting, the information well presented and funny little anecdotes to highlight the points. If you like books about how the brain works, then definitely give it a go.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and fascinating book. I loved the style of writing, the clear explanations and example and was fascinated by what I read.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Elaine Armstrong
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is easy to read with a wealth of interesting anecdotes and data. Well worth a skim through even a second read.
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David Adam is a best-selling author and an award-winning journalist, who covers science, environment, technology, medicine and the impact they have on people, culture and society. After nearly two decades as a staff writer and editor at Nature and the Guardian, David set up as a freelancer in 2019.

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