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A Mind of Its Own

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Ever thought that your brain deliberately tricks you? Stop blaming it on the fact you had too many glasses of wine last night; there's science to prove that your brain has an agenda all of its own. This is an absolutely fascinating whirl around human psychology, illustrated with amusing real-life examples. Very interesting but slightly scary!

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A Mind of Its Own by Cordelia Fine

Can you trust your brain? Perhaps it occasionally misfires when faced with the 13 times table, or persistently fails to master parallel parking. But the brain is pretty amazing. Never before have we known so much about the sophistication of those one hundred billion grey cells. You might feel justified in thinking that you know what your brain's up to, and that you're in control.

Sorry. Think again.

Your brain is vainglorious. It deludes you. It is pigheaded, emotional and secretive. Oh, and it's also a bigot. If your brain were a person you definitely wouldn’t invite it to parties and it would probably be a politician.

This book reveals the fiendish little sins your brain gets up to behind your back.

An enlightening tour of the less salubrious side of human psychology, dotted with popular explanations of the latest research and fascinating real-life examples, Cordelia Fine's book tells you everything you always wanted to know about the brain – and plenty you probably didn't.


'A fascinating, funny, disconcerting and lucid book ... by the end you'll realise that your brain can (and does) run rings around you.' Helen Dunmore

'Witty and informative' Philip Pullman

'This is one of the most interesting and amusing accounts of how we think we think - I think.' Alexander McCall Smith

'Consistently well-written and meticulously researched' Alain de Botton, The Sunday Times

'It is impossible to read this engaging, intelligent book without a growing sense of panic and disbelief.' Scotland on Sunday

'Clear and accessible - a science writer to watch' Metro

'An entertaining tour of current thinking' Telegraph

***** 'A must for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of what their brain gets up to when they aren't watching it. First class.'

About the Author

Cordelia Fine was awarded a PhD in Psychology from University College London. She is now a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.

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Publication date

12th January 2006


Cordelia Fine

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Icon Books Ltd


256 pages


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