My latest obsession is with neurobiology and the evolution of the human brain. This is thanks to another book I read, which reinforces my love of a topic that developed when I read Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind. This one is called Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives by Dean Buonomano.
As George Costanza would say, you know I always wanted to pretend to be a neurobiologist.
(Interestingly, my girlfriend's dad is a neurobiologist, sort of, or a biomedical engineer who specializes in the physiology of the
Like Kluge, Brain Bugs is all about how our brains evolved in a world that is very different from the world we now live in. So there are lots of things our brains do that are not very well adapted for the modern world. Buonomano calls these "brain bugs."
It's a fascinating read about how:
- our memories fail
- our fears are irrational and outdated
- we're not built for number, time, or space calculation
- we're easily susceptible to advertising and suggestion
- we tend toward (irrational) supernatural beliefs
But it doesn't explain why my brain is so fascinated with this kind of stuff.