The Decisive Moment - How the Brain Makes Up Its Mind - by Jonah Lehrer - BBC Radio Audiobook - cheops
Hari Dhillon and Amanda Burton read Jonah Lehrer's exploration of neuroscience and how the human brain makes up its mind.
Five episodes of approximately 15 minutes each.
The importance of the emotional brain. Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate or we go with our gut instinct.
But as scientists break open the mind's black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they are discovering that this is not an accurate picture of how the mind works. Our best decisions are a finely-tuned blend of both feeling and reason, and the precise mix depends on the situation.
How the fluctuations of a few dopamine neurons saved a battleship during the first Gulf War. Plus, how the human brain's ability to learn from experience meant that chess grand master Garry Kasparov was able to compete at the same level as a computer program, despite having far less computational power.
The defects in the emotional brain that lead us toward bad decisions such as excessive risk taking, gambling on the stock market or taking out sub-prime mortgages. What exactly is the circuitry of temptation?
Exploring the crucial role of the pre-frontal cortex in decision-making. How a firefighter's ability to think creatively in the middle of a horrific bush fire proved to be a life-saving decision.
Exploring the certainty trap - a potential hazard for pundits and politicians alike. It feels good to be certain, but this can lead each of us to pretend that our mind is in full agreement with itself, even when it is not. In other words, we trick ourselves into being sure. But is it possible to use our knowledge of the brain to avoid such pitfalls?
About the Author:
Jonah Lehrer is Editor at Large for Seed Magazine and the author of 'Proust Was a Neuroscientist'.
Lehrer graduated from Columbia University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He has written for The New Yorker, Nature, Wired, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Jonah is also a Contributing Editor at Scientific American Mind and National Public Radio's Radio Lab, and writes a highly regarded blog, The Frontal Cortex.
Jonah's latest book, The Decisive Moment, was published by Canongate in February 2009.
First broadcast in 2009 on BBC Radio 4.
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