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A mind of its own : how your brain distorts and deceives

Author: Cordelia Fine
Publisher: Thriplow : Icon, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Exposing the mind's deceptions and exploring how the mind defends and glorifies the ego, [the author] illustrates the brain's tendency toward self-delusion. Unbeknownst to us, our brain - vain, emotional, immoral, deluded, pigheaded, secretive, weak-willed, and bigoted - pushes, pulls, twists, and warps our perceptions. Whether it be hindsight bias, wishful thinking, unrealistic optimism, or moral excuse-making,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cordelia Fine
ISBN: 1840466782 9781840466782
OCLC Number: 60668289
Description: v, 199 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. The vain brain : for a softer, kinder reality --
Ch. 2. The emotional brain : sweaty fingers in all the pies --
Ch. 3. The immoral brain : the terrible toddler within --
Ch. 4. The deluded brain : a slapdash approach to the truth --
Ch. 5. The pigheaded brain : loyalty a step too far --
Ch. 6. The secretive brain : exposing the guile of the mental butler --
Ch. 7. The weak-willed brain : the prima donna within --
Ch. 8. The bigoted brain : "thug ... tart ... slob ... nerd ... airhead" --
Epilogue : the vulnerable brain.
Responsibility: Cordelia Fine.

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Exposing the mind's deceptions and exploring how the mind defends and glorifies the ego, [the author] illustrates the brain's tendency toward self-delusion. Unbeknownst to us, our brain - vain, emotional, immoral, deluded, pigheaded, secretive, weak-willed, and bigoted - pushes, pulls, twists, and warps our perceptions. Whether it be hindsight bias, wishful thinking, unrealistic optimism, or moral excuse-making, each of us has a slew of mind-bugs and ordinary prejudices that prevent us from seeing the truth about the world, the people around us, and ourselves.-Dust jacket.

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'Consistently well-written and meticulously researched' -- Alain de Botton * The Sunday Times * 'In breezy demotic, Fine offers an entertaining tour of current thinking' * Telegraph * 'Fine sets out Read more...

 
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