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A Mind of its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives by Cordelia Fine

By Cordelia Fine

A delightfully unsparing check out what your mind is doing at the back of your back.

In contemporary years, we've heard much in regards to the amazing workings of our hundred-billion-celled mind: its outstanding capacities to manage all sensation, notion, considering, and feeling; the facility to form all adventure and outline our identification. certainly, the brain's energy is being proven on a daily basis in new reports and study. yet there's a mind we don't typically listen approximately, a mind we would now not are looking to listen about…the "prima donna within."

Exposing the mind's deceptions and exploring how the brain defends and glorifies the ego, Dr. Cordelia superb illustrates the brain's tendency to self-delusion. even if or not it's hindsight bias, wishful considering, unrealistic optimism, or ethical excuse-making, each one people has a slew of inborn mind-bugs and usual prejudices that hinder us from seeing the reality concerning the global and ourselves. With interesting reports to aid her arguments, Dr. effective takes us on an insightful, rip-roaringly humorous journey in the course of the mind you by no means knew you had.

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It looks obvious in retrospect, but then so do a lot of revolutionary ideas. Langstroth’s eureka moment saved an ungodly amount of honeycomb; and bees, freed from the torture of cranking out tons of wax every year to fix their comb, started cranking out un-pre cedented amounts of honey instead. Beekeeping became a more attractive profession. One race of bee made things especially attractive. In the 1840s, a Swiss army captain noticed that the bees across the border in Italy were particularly gentle and industrious.

We are always accustomed to associate the hum of the bee-hive with the farmhouse and flower-garden, and to consider those industrious little animals as connected with the busy haunts of man, and I am told that the wild bee is seldom to be met with at any great distance from the frontier. They have been the heralds of civilization, steadfastly preceding it as it advanced from the Atlantic borders, and some of the ancient settlers of the West pretend to give the very year when the honey-bee first crossed the Mississippi.

Bumble bees are Gaulish villagers; honey bees are the Roman legions. While bumble bees and some solitary bee species can fly at temperatures below freezing, honey bees don’t like to fly when it’s below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Nor will they fly in rain. They start relatively late in the morning (compared with other bees) and stop early in the evening. A friend of mine who is an apple specialist refers to them as union workers—if several conditions aren’t met, they’ll shut it down for the day. However, like many a union, that team spirit has resulted in tremendous success.

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