A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives

A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives

A delightfully unsparing look into what your brain is doing behind your back. In recent years, we've heard a lot about the extraordinary workings of our hundred-billion-celled brain: its amazing capacities to regulate all sensation, perception, thinking, and feeling; the power to shape all experience and define our identity. Indeed, the brain's power is being confirmed ever A delightfully unsparing look into what your brain is doing behind your back. In recent years, we've heard a lot a...

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Title:A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
Author:Cordelia Fine
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Genres:Psychology
ISBN:A Mind of its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:243 pages pages

A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives Reviews

  • Kristine
    Jul 27, 2015

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

  • Robin
    Nov 12, 2016

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

  • Trevor
    Mar 08, 2008

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 11, 2014

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

  • Mark
    Jul 24, 2007

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

  • Lena
    Nov 22, 2007

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

  • Nikki
    May 24, 2014

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

  • Todd Martin
    May 16, 2017

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

  • Richard
    Sep 23, 2009

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

  • Barbara
    Apr 20, 2018

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

    An amusingly written and informative book about how our brain works in deceptive ways that twists perception, memory and conscious thought. - It paints a distorted picture of our self-perception and reality that is designed to protect our fragile egos and pre-existing beliefs. You ...

    A fascinating look at the perils of the workings of our brain, based on multiple experiments which are both intriguing and disconcerting. The author refers to real-life examples from her marriage, mentioning her husband and children from time to time. The book is easy to read but feels...

    Compilation of a number of studies on how our mind does not always do what we think it does, how it deceives us for various reasons. The scope is wide, but not very deep. Links on all studies are given. Read this based on a recommendation by author of the Prince of Nothing series. ...

    An entertaining dose of humility. Like many pop psychology books, this is basically a litany of studies summarized for lay readers, but they're well-organized, and the light tone and regular snark keep the book from getting dull. ...

    A fantastic book. I found it a little hard to get into at the start but after a fee chapters in I couldnt put it down. Its a great study on how our behaviours are shaped by the way our brain works. Really interesting and informative and a lot of research. ...

    Wonderful read. Personal stories paired with extensive psychological experiment results, somehow the author makes it flow. ...

    I've never much liked reading about experimental psychology but this is a readable summary of a lot of research. Raises lots of distressing questions about human nature. ...

  • Linda  Branham Greenwell
    Aug 31, 2014

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

  • Marcin
    Nov 09, 2009

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

  • Ash Moran
    Jan 09, 2010

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

  • The Angry Lawn Gnome
    May 20, 2011

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

  • n
    Jun 01, 2019

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

  • Amy Alice
    Mar 12, 2018

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

  • Sara Sutliff
    Jun 24, 2011

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

  • Patrick
    Apr 03, 2019

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

  • Aerandir
    Jan 28, 2018

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

    An amusingly written and informative book about how our brain works in deceptive ways that twists perception, memory and conscious thought. - It paints a distorted picture of our self-perception and reality that is designed to protect our fragile egos and pre-existing beliefs. You ...

    A fascinating look at the perils of the workings of our brain, based on multiple experiments which are both intriguing and disconcerting. The author refers to real-life examples from her marriage, mentioning her husband and children from time to time. The book is easy to read but feels...

  • Jenny
    Sep 02, 2017

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

    An amusingly written and informative book about how our brain works in deceptive ways that twists perception, memory and conscious thought. - It paints a distorted picture of our self-perception and reality that is designed to protect our fragile egos and pre-existing beliefs. You ...

    A fascinating look at the perils of the workings of our brain, based on multiple experiments which are both intriguing and disconcerting. The author refers to real-life examples from her marriage, mentioning her husband and children from time to time. The book is easy to read but feels...

    Compilation of a number of studies on how our mind does not always do what we think it does, how it deceives us for various reasons. The scope is wide, but not very deep. Links on all studies are given. Read this based on a recommendation by author of the Prince of Nothing series. ...

    An entertaining dose of humility. Like many pop psychology books, this is basically a litany of studies summarized for lay readers, but they're well-organized, and the light tone and regular snark keep the book from getting dull. ...

  • Karousel
    Aug 07, 2019

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

    An amusingly written and informative book about how our brain works in deceptive ways that twists perception, memory and conscious thought. - It paints a distorted picture of our self-perception and reality that is designed to protect our fragile egos and pre-existing beliefs. You ...

    A fascinating look at the perils of the workings of our brain, based on multiple experiments which are both intriguing and disconcerting. The author refers to real-life examples from her marriage, mentioning her husband and children from time to time. The book is easy to read but feels...

    Compilation of a number of studies on how our mind does not always do what we think it does, how it deceives us for various reasons. The scope is wide, but not very deep. Links on all studies are given. Read this based on a recommendation by author of the Prince of Nothing series. ...

    An entertaining dose of humility. Like many pop psychology books, this is basically a litany of studies summarized for lay readers, but they're well-organized, and the light tone and regular snark keep the book from getting dull. ...

    A fantastic book. I found it a little hard to get into at the start but after a fee chapters in I couldnt put it down. Its a great study on how our behaviours are shaped by the way our brain works. Really interesting and informative and a lot of research. ...

    Wonderful read. Personal stories paired with extensive psychological experiment results, somehow the author makes it flow. ...

    I've never much liked reading about experimental psychology but this is a readable summary of a lot of research. Raises lots of distressing questions about human nature. ...

    Interesting, but a bit dull and somewhat redundant. ...

    Required reading. ...

  • Brian
    Aug 09, 2012

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

  • YHC
    Jun 17, 2018

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

  • Susan Katz
    Jun 20, 2017

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

    An amusingly written and informative book about how our brain works in deceptive ways that twists perception, memory and conscious thought. - It paints a distorted picture of our self-perception and reality that is designed to protect our fragile egos and pre-existing beliefs. You ...

    A fascinating look at the perils of the workings of our brain, based on multiple experiments which are both intriguing and disconcerting. The author refers to real-life examples from her marriage, mentioning her husband and children from time to time. The book is easy to read but feels...

    Compilation of a number of studies on how our mind does not always do what we think it does, how it deceives us for various reasons. The scope is wide, but not very deep. Links on all studies are given. Read this based on a recommendation by author of the Prince of Nothing series. ...

    An entertaining dose of humility. Like many pop psychology books, this is basically a litany of studies summarized for lay readers, but they're well-organized, and the light tone and regular snark keep the book from getting dull. ...

    A fantastic book. I found it a little hard to get into at the start but after a fee chapters in I couldnt put it down. Its a great study on how our behaviours are shaped by the way our brain works. Really interesting and informative and a lot of research. ...

    Wonderful read. Personal stories paired with extensive psychological experiment results, somehow the author makes it flow. ...

    I've never much liked reading about experimental psychology but this is a readable summary of a lot of research. Raises lots of distressing questions about human nature. ...

    Interesting, but a bit dull and somewhat redundant. ...

  • Chan
    Mar 09, 2018

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

    An amusingly written and informative book about how our brain works in deceptive ways that twists perception, memory and conscious thought. - It paints a distorted picture of our self-perception and reality that is designed to protect our fragile egos and pre-existing beliefs. You ...

    A fascinating look at the perils of the workings of our brain, based on multiple experiments which are both intriguing and disconcerting. The author refers to real-life examples from her marriage, mentioning her husband and children from time to time. The book is easy to read but feels...

    Compilation of a number of studies on how our mind does not always do what we think it does, how it deceives us for various reasons. The scope is wide, but not very deep. Links on all studies are given. Read this based on a recommendation by author of the Prince of Nothing series. ...

    An entertaining dose of humility. Like many pop psychology books, this is basically a litany of studies summarized for lay readers, but they're well-organized, and the light tone and regular snark keep the book from getting dull. ...

    A fantastic book. I found it a little hard to get into at the start but after a fee chapters in I couldnt put it down. Its a great study on how our behaviours are shaped by the way our brain works. Really interesting and informative and a lot of research. ...

  • Дмитро Булах
    Jun 02, 2015

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

  • Kaio
    Aug 02, 2019

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

    An amusingly written and informative book about how our brain works in deceptive ways that twists perception, memory and conscious thought. - It paints a distorted picture of our self-perception and reality that is designed to protect our fragile egos and pre-existing beliefs. You ...

    A fascinating look at the perils of the workings of our brain, based on multiple experiments which are both intriguing and disconcerting. The author refers to real-life examples from her marriage, mentioning her husband and children from time to time. The book is easy to read but feels...

    Compilation of a number of studies on how our mind does not always do what we think it does, how it deceives us for various reasons. The scope is wide, but not very deep. Links on all studies are given. Read this based on a recommendation by author of the Prince of Nothing series. ...

  • Ami Iida
    May 11, 2015

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

  • Trent Langston
    May 25, 2017

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

    An amusingly written and informative book about how our brain works in deceptive ways that twists perception, memory and conscious thought. - It paints a distorted picture of our self-perception and reality that is designed to protect our fragile egos and pre-existing beliefs. You ...

    A fascinating look at the perils of the workings of our brain, based on multiple experiments which are both intriguing and disconcerting. The author refers to real-life examples from her marriage, mentioning her husband and children from time to time. The book is easy to read but feels...

    Compilation of a number of studies on how our mind does not always do what we think it does, how it deceives us for various reasons. The scope is wide, but not very deep. Links on all studies are given. Read this based on a recommendation by author of the Prince of Nothing series. ...

    An entertaining dose of humility. Like many pop psychology books, this is basically a litany of studies summarized for lay readers, but they're well-organized, and the light tone and regular snark keep the book from getting dull. ...

    A fantastic book. I found it a little hard to get into at the start but after a fee chapters in I couldnt put it down. Its a great study on how our behaviours are shaped by the way our brain works. Really interesting and informative and a lot of research. ...

    Wonderful read. Personal stories paired with extensive psychological experiment results, somehow the author makes it flow. ...

  • Maja Repcic
    Jan 04, 2019

    If I?d read this about five years ago this would have been quite a different review. Don?t get me wrong, after reading her Delusions of Gender there is nothing, NOTHING Ms Fine could do that I wouldn?t think was potentially god-like. Delusions is an amazing book and you ought to ...

    I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a much more distorted picture of reality than any of us...

    As my friend Lena writes in her review of this book:"I?ve come to see this book as a handy little owner?s manual for anyone with a brain. In an entertaining and highly readable style, Cordelia Fine has synthesized a host of cognitive research to show that our minds often give us a ...

    If you've read much on the subject, this doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's presented in a readable, well-organised format, meticulously footnoted, and adopts a pretty light tone. If you're anything like me, you'll smile in recognition of some of the things she sa...

    This is a fantastic little book. It's split into six chapters, each of which covers an aspect of how the brain deceives your conscious mind about how it works. It's astonishing just how subtle and well-engineered the deception is. One set of ideas I'd never seen before was about brain ...

    A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives is a book about how the human mind is error-riddled, slapdash, and barely adequate to its task. Unable to deal with the reality that terrible things happen for no reason and with no way to anticipate them, we assume that anyone su...

    You may have a much more humble opinion about your free will and ability to control your thoughts, emotions and direction in life after you read this book, which shares some of the same concepts as "Blink" in its examination of how many of our cognitive and emotional processes are hidd...

    [3.5] I found this an easy enough read although there was not a great deal in here that I hadn't read somewhere else, at some point, before. Which is not necessarily a criticism of the book as such ? after all, the vast majority of non-fiction books are not about subjects that nob...

    Really enjoyed this book! Such a fantastic look at some of the ways that the brain has of surviving, and how that's not actually a true portalrayal of reality. Particularly chilling was the "bigoted brain" chapter that talked about how much our brains love a stereotype and the impact t...

    Very "pop" psychology. This book was assigned in my psychology graduate class, Cognitive and Affective Behavior. As a grad school bog, it's honestly a little boring, as we know most of what Ms. Fine is talking about (how many times can you read about the same experiment?). But I doubt ...

    This book was, overwhelmingly, quite an easy read that had a lot of information packed into a small place. The writing style's pretty interesting and easy to read, which is pretty enjoyable. Most of the information provided were about studies that I'd already knew about, but there w...

    Bluntly, this one was a mixed bag. The stories and examples were amusing, though they did start to get to be a bit too much by the end of the book. I suppose what bothered me most was that there's seemingly no place for any actual thing such as objectivity according to her beliefs. We ...

    Fascinating reading for a layman--a short, easy read. I highly recommend this book to everyone with a brain (except scientists already familiar with how the brain distorts and deceives). Although the author explains the hows and whys of some fascinating cases of people with strange dis...

    Interesting, although a little wordy at times. By "wordy" I mean explained the same thing several times. Made me realize that I can sometimes do that too, and I need to change that because it is distracting :) Explains how our minds work in ways that distort reality and project its pr...

    I liked this book as it had lots of great little research projects quoted throughout. I though the first half of the book was much stronger than the second half but it was informative all the same. Crazy what our brains can do! ...

    The book points out the habit of brain, biased thinking form of brain, and the disadvantage of the brain. I reference their properties but the contents of the book are thin. the book is not rewarding very much. ...

    It's definitely worth a read. An extensive review of current state of social and cognitive psychology. It's perhaps not a milestone as Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" but eventually gives you quite a solid understanding how and why you should be aware of your own mind. No doubt r...

    Even if it's ridden with language I did find challenging Cordelia presents the quirks of our brain in a really compelling way and clearly lays out the way our minds work beyond our cognition. Simply a must read if you want to understand how our minds work. ...

    You probably think you are smarter, funnier, more clever, better looking, more talented and more moral than the average person. That could be because it?s true, but more likely it?s because your brain is a tricksy organ of deceit. It lies to you so as to protect your delicate e...

    I almost gave this 3 stars because some of the information in the book is so frustrating, but I shouldn't really hold that against the author. The "bigoted brain" chapter, for example--ugh! It's so easy to be "primed" to be sexist and racist and ageist and all the other -ists/-isms. Bu...

    ??????? : ?????????????????????????????????? When we don't want to admit that we are actually biased, prejudging, generalize, sometimes even evilly immoral, full of vanity, this book takes us to look a...

    An amusingly written and informative book about how our brain works in deceptive ways that twists perception, memory and conscious thought. - It paints a distorted picture of our self-perception and reality that is designed to protect our fragile egos and pre-existing beliefs. You ...