The Mind Is Flat by Nick Chater
The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain

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This is one of those books that is a superb exposition of scientific findings, from which the author proceeds to draw highly polemical and speculative inferences.
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Psychologists and neuroscientists struggle with how best to interpret human motivation and decision making. The assumption is that below a mental “surface” of conscious awareness lies a deep and complex set of inner beliefs, values, and desires that govern our thoughts, ideas, and actions, and that to know this depth is to know ourselves.
 
In this profoundly original book, behavioral scientist Nick Chater contends just the opposite: rather than being the plaything of unconscious currents, the brain generates behaviors in the moment based entirely on our past experiences. Engaging the reader with eye-opening experiments and visual examples, the author first demolishes our intuitive sense of how our mind works, then argues for a positive interpretation of the brain as a ceaseless and creative improviser.
 

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Published August 7, 2018 by Yale University Press. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Steven Poole on Mar 22 2018

This is one of those books that is a superb exposition of scientific findings, from which the author proceeds to draw highly polemical and speculative inferences.

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