Book Review: Idiot Brain

Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I liked it! The information was interesting, exhaustively researched, and chattily communicated. Burnett is a funny dude, and he did a great job in dumbing down all this advanced neuroscientific garbling for the slack-jawed layman who reads pop sci.

So why only three stars? Well, Burnett is a victim of his own cuteness. His trying to cram a bon mot in every third sentence (almost rhythmically) made it feel a little forced, to the point that, despite all the rest of the things it had going for it, I had a hard time getting through the book.

It builds to crescendo, though. My mans saved the best for last, and the further into the book you get, the better it is. The last few chapters especially, about hallucinations and addiction, are real show-stoppers.



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