The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior

Book - 2015
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Investigates the brain's hidden logic behind seemingly irrational behaviors to explain how conscious and unconscious systems interact in order to create experiences and preserve the sense of self. --Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780307908773
Branch Call Number: 612.8233 ST458N 2015
Characteristics: xvi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Neuro logic


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Apr 25, 2016

The title initially put me off- seemed glitzy/cheesy/pop. I still think it's a bit weak but he was trying to encapsulate his theme: that the brain operates mostly beneath the [conscious] radar, and is very concerned with maintaining tidy order. No mysteries allowed in human brains!
To this end he exhaustively examines brain disorders that defeat or confuse this compulsion. And it's fascinating. This is a fine book- don't lump it in with so many pop neuropsych books because this is better.
The section on REM intrusion and NDE's is fascinating [i don't think it explains the whole NDE phenomenon but it's more plausible other objections scientists raise].
The bit on autists being disinterested in porn made me snort [neurologists shooting their mouths off while studiously ignoring what actual patients report!].
At the risk of self-incrimination let me, an autist, say that my libidio is healthy and responds to the normal stimuli!
The last section on multiple- personality disorder was the best i've ever read. Tho he doesn't mention the curious fact [or so i've read] that this disorder occurs only in america.
Definitely worth at least a browse.


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