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A Mind of its Own

A Mind of its Own
Cordelia Fine
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2006
BF697.5 .S426 F56 2006

In recent years we've heard a lot about the extraordinary workings of our hundred-billion-celled brain: its amazing capacities to regulate sensation, perception, thinking, and feeling; its ability to shape all experience and define our identity. Indeed, the brain's power is confirmed and touted every day in new studies and research. But there is a brain we might not want to hear about...the "prima donna" within. Dr. Cordelia Fine introduces us to a brain we might not want to meet, a brain with a mind of its own.

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

With fascinating studies to support her arguments, Dr. Fine takes us on an insightful, rip-roaringly funny tour through the brain you never knew you had.

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