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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David J. Linden Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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You've probably seen it before: a human brain dramatically lit from the side, the camera circling it like a helicopter shot of Stonehenge, and a modulated baritone voice exalting the brain's elegant design in reverent tones... to which this book says: Pure nonsense.

In a work at once deeply learned and wonderfully accessible, the neuroscientist David Linden counters the widespread assumption that the brain is a paragon of design - and in its place gives us a compelling explanation of how the brain's serendipitous evolution has resulted in nothing short of our humanity.

A guide to the strange and often illogical world of neural function, The Accidental Mind shows how the brain is not an optimized, general-purpose problem-solving machine, but rather a weird agglomeration of ad-hoc solutions that have been piled on through millions of years of evolutionary history.

Moreover, Linden tells us how the constraints of evolved brain design have ultimately led to almost every transcendent human foible: our long childhoods, our extensive memory capacity, our search for love and long-term relationships, our need to create compelling narrative, and, ultimately, the universal cultural impulse to create both religious and scientific explanations. With forays into evolutionary biology, this analysis of mental function answers some of our most common questions about how we've come to be who we are. The book is published by Harvard University Press.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlene | 2/14/2014

    " I didn't love his section on gender and the brain. However, everything else was spectacular. This may be one of my favorite nonfiction science books of all time. Without a doubt, it is most interesting book on the topic of neuroscience that I have seen. Chapters one and two alone were worth the 5 star rating. From the tiniest processes to the large overall picture, Linden puts what we know about neuroscience together in the best possible way. If you remotely like brain science or evolution, you will love this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karthiik | 2/14/2014

    " Too technical for my taste. Quit reading it.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daniel Toker | 2/9/2014

    " A great, not-to-easy but not-too-technical introduction to neuroscience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kurt | 2/9/2014

    " The brain is a kludge, but an amazing one. This is a good book for anyone wanting to understand more about how the brain works (and doesn't work). There is also a good section for anyone trying to claim we are intelligently designed -- especially if in their ignorance they use the human brain as one of their examples. "

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