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Mind of Its Own How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives

ISBN-10: 0393331636
ISBN-13: 9780393331639
Edition: N/A
Authors: Cordelia Fine
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List price: $15.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

"Provocative enough to make you start questioning your each and every action."Entertainment Weekly The brain's power is confirmed and touted every day in new studies and research. And yet we tend to take our brains for granted, without suspecting that those masses of hard-working neurons might not always be working for us. Cordelia Fine introduces us to a brain we might not want to meet, a brain with a mind of its own. She illustrates the brain's tendency toward self-delusion as she explores how the mind defends and glorifies the ego by twisting and warping our perceptions. Our brains employ a slew of inborn mind-bugs and prejudices, from hindsight bias to unrealistic optimism, from moral excuse-making to wishful thinkingall designed to prevent us from seeing the truth about the world and the people around us, and about ourselves.

Cordelia Fine , the author of A Mind of Its Own and Delusions of Gender , is a writer and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Introduction
The Vain Brain For a softer, kinder reality
The Emotional Brain Sweaty fingers in all the pies
The Immoral Brain The terrible toddler within
The Deluded Brain A slapdash approach to the truth
The Pigheaded Brain Loyalty a step too far
The Secretive Brain Exposing the guile of the mental butler
The Weak-willed Brain The prima donna within
The Bigoted Brain "Thug ... tart ... slob ... nerd ... airhead"
Epilogue: The Vulnerable Brain
Notes
Index

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