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How the mind's mistakes make humans creative, innovative and successful

Henning Beck



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New South Books
01 October 2019
In this mind-bending book, award-winning neuroscientist Henning Beck explains why perfectionism is pointless ---- and argues that mistakes, missteps and flaws are the keys to success.

Remember that time you messed up simple maths or forgot the name of your favourite song? What if someone told you that our brain freezes are actually secret weapons, proof of our superiority to computers and AI? In Scatterbrain, we learn that boredom awakens the muse, distractions spark creativity and misjudging time creates valuable memories, among the many other benefits of our faulty minds. Combining cutting-edge science with brain-boosting advice and rivetting real-life stories, Henning Beck takes us on a fascinating adventure through human memory (one that we'll all remember differently!).

`The brain is a messy, faulty wonder, and if we could all agree that perfection is not the mind's ultimate goal, we would be much better off. Henning Beck shows us how to appreciate our imperfect brains - and is fine with readers straying from the page from time to time!' - Ylva Ostby, author of Diving for Seahorses

'At last, a user's guide for your brain, with plenty of fresh science and lots of surprises.' - Robyn Williams, presenter of The Science Show `An instructive celebration of the flawed, chaotic wonder that is the human brain.' - Bianca Nogrady, Science Journalist and Editor of The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

`In an era of continuous self-optimization, Scatterbrain by German neuroscientist Dr Henning Beck offers novel insights on our often self-defeating pursuit of perfection, and provides a roadmap to more creative thinking and better decision-making to realise one's full potential. A must-read!' - Sandra Navidi, Founder and CEO of BeyondGlobal and best-selling author of $uperHubs
By:   Henning Beck
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781742236650
ISBN 10:   1742236650
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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