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Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain – Lisa Feldman Barrett

Thoughts: Neat book! Not very long, easy to understand and with apt metaphors, but with some counterintuitive conclusions (which, as Barrett pitches it, seem to reflect growing consensus among neuroscientists).

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering. I read this as an e-book, so page numbers are as they appeared in the app I used, Libby.)

Barrett, Lisa Feldman. 2021. Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain. Mariner Books.

The Half Lesson: Your Brain Is Not for Thinking

Lesson No. 1: You Have One Brain (Not Three)

Lesson No. 2: Your Brain Is a Network

Lesson No. 3: Little Brains Wire Themselves to Their World

Lesson No. 4: Your Brain Predicts (Almost) Everything You Do

Lesson No. 5: Your Brain Secretly Works with Other Brains

Lesson No. 6: Brains Make More than One Kind of Mind

Lesson No. 7: Our Brains Can Create Reality

Posted: Jan 02, 2022. Last updated: Jan 02, 2022.