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A Genius Within

Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

David Adam



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23 April 2019
Psychology; Intelligence & reasoning; Neurosciences; Popular psychology
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Man Who Couldn't Stop 'Witty, sharp and enlightening . . . This book will make you smarter' Adam Rutherford What if you have more intelligence than you realize? What if there is a genius inside you, just waiting to be released? And what if the route to better brain power is not hard work or thousands of hours of practice but to simply swallow a pill?

In The Genius Within, bestselling author David Adam explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works - to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical brain stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

Going to the heart of how we consider, measure and judge mental ability, The Genius Within asks difficult questions about the science that could rank and define us, and inevitably shape our future.
By:   David Adam
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main Market Ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9781509805020
ISBN 10:   1509805028
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   23 April 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction - i: Introduction Chapter - 1: Our Brain Revolution Chapter - 2: Mensa Material Chapter - 3: A Problem of Intelligence Chapter - 4: Treating and Cheating Chapter - 5: Pills and Skills Chapter - 6: The Mutual Autopsy Society Chapter - 7: Born with Brains Chapter - 8: Current Thinking Chapter - 9: The Man Who Learned to Cry Chapter - 10: The Brain and Other Muscles Chapter - 11: The Little Girl Who Could Draw Chapter - 12: The Genius Within Chapter - 13: The Happiest Man on Death Row Chapter - 14: On the Brain Train Chapter - 15: Faster, Stronger, Smarter Acknowledgements - ii: Acknowledgements Section - iii: References

Dr David Adam is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Man Who Couldn't Stop and an editor at Nature, the world's leading scientific journal. Before that he was a specialist correspondent on the Guardian for seven years, writing on science, medicine and the environment. He was named Feature Writer of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers, and has reported from Antarctica, the Arctic, China and the depths of the Amazon jungle.

Reviews for A Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

A brave and helpful contribution to deepening our understanding of the intricate complexities of mental ill-health -- <i>The Times </i>on <i>The Man Who Couldn't Stop</i> [A] fascinating study of the living nightmare that is obsessive compulsive disorder . . . one of the best and most readable studies of a mental illness to have emerged in recent years . . . an honest and open and, yes, maybe life-changing work -- Matt Haig, <i>Observer,</i> on <i>The Man Who Couldn't Stop</i> A fundamentally important book that will bring a breath of fresh understanding to sufferers . . . It will make you think again -- <i>Sunday Times</i> on <i>The Man Who Couldn't Stop</i> Quite simply book of the year, on living with OCD: just buy it now -- Adam Rutherford on <i>The Man Who Couldn't Stop</i> What if you could zap your head or take a pill, like Bradley Cooper in the film Limitless, and become insanely clever? Over the last decade, this sci-fi possibility has started to approach reality, and David Adam's book is a timely prologue to the brave new world that might await us...Fascinating. * The Guardian * A breezily written pop science book about the quest to find out about what intelligence is and how it can be boosted. -- Robbie Millen * The Sunday Times * Witty, sharp and enlightening ... This book will make you smarter -- Adam Rutherford

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