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The Superhuman Mind Free the Genius in Your Mind Did you know your brain has superpowers Berit Brogaard PhD and Kristian Marlow study people with astonishing talents—memory champions human echolocators musical virtuosos math geniuses and synesthetes who taste colors and hear faces But as amazing as these abilities are they are not mysterious Our brains constantly process a huge amount of information below our awareness and what these gifted individuals have in common is that through practice injury an innate brain disorder or even unusual circumstances they have managed to gain a degree of conscious access to this potent processing power The Superhuman Mind takes us inside the lives and brains of geniuses savants virtuosos and a wide variety of ordinary people who have acuired truly extraordinary talents one way or another Delving into the neurological underpinnings of these abilities the authors even reveal how we can acuire some of them ourselves—from perfect pitch and lightning fast math skills to supercharged creativity The Superhuman Mind is a book full of the fascinating science readers look for from the likes of Oliver Sacks combined with the exhilarating promise of Moonwalking with Einstein

10 thoughts on “The Superhuman Mind Free the Genius in Your Mind

  1. Kara Babcock Kara Babcock says:

    I confess I was sceptical about this one despite the PhD author A student lent this to me though and in addition to generally trying to keep an open mind I like to take an interest in what students are reading So while I probably wouldn’t have picked up The Superhuman Mind on my own I gave it a try—and it was all right The rhetoric was not as hyperbolic as I feared and the scientific aspects were pretty fascinating It doesn’t have the same kind of intense hook or narrative that some books have—the writing is easy to follow but not overly engaging—but the subject matter is pretty coolNeuroscience fascinates me as does philosophy of mind What makes us who we are? Berit Brogaard and her coauthor Kristian Marlow discuss various examples of how the brain can exceed its seemingly “ordinary” capacities to engage in “superhuman” tasks Brogaard draws on her research on savants synesthetes and other people who have abnormal or extraordinary abilities caused by brain function Her central thesis is that these abilities are not just granted through accident of birth or circumstance but can be replicated or learned by almost anyone provided we have a good enough understanding of how they come aboutFrankly we need books like this Once upon a time I watched a movie called Lucy It was uite simply one of the worst movies I have ever watched The plot was an utter trainwreck of uninspired scenes stitched together somewhat haphazardly with garbage science tossed around with the impunity of someone who watched The Core and thought “Hmm this is too scientifically accurate” They take the “we only use 10% of our brain” myth—a myth I loathe with the fire of three hundred suns—and crank it up to 11 It’s so ridiculous it should be silly and fun but it takes itself so seriously and artsy that it falls incredibly flatBut I digressThe 10% myth isn’t the only brain myth that needs to die Whenever people hear I teach both mathematics and English they react with surprise and many of them make a comment along the lines of “Oh you use both sides of your brain” Yeah because everyone else just goes through life using half a brain Well OK maybe it seems that way If they bring up the left brainright brain thing though I have to say “Well actually the left brain is also typically the dominant hemisphere for language as well”So thereMy point is that our understanding of brain function has advanced considerably in the past fifty years but our education on the brain has not The general public still has a very vague idea of how our brains work This ignorance combined with the proliferation of various myths is not just inconvenient but can also be dangerous it leads to stigma around mental health and traumatic brain injury; it reinforces stereotypes of gender and even race; and it leads to people basing important decisions on mistaken or pseudo scientific informationThe Superhuman Mind goes a long way towards informing its reader about the wonders of the human brain laying out what we know and how we know it along with what we don’t know or need to find out next It sheds light on the savant abilities of people with autism traumatic brain injury and other brain function that differs from the “norm” Brogaard explains how these abilities work—at least as far as we know right now—and how people might acuire them without sacrificing chunks of grey and white matterNeuroplasticity is a fascinating idea and a complex one and I’m not going to try to explain it here I like however that Brogaard explores how practice influences the brain It’s not just the practice is building up memories—it’s rewiring our neural connections training the brain to dedicate specific pathways to certain tasks This is adjacent to the bigger discussion around nature and nurture some people seem born with savant abilities and others acuire them suddenly in similarly “natural” experiences; yet Brogaard contends it is entirely possible to learn these abilities like one might learn to play pianoAs much as I enjoyed the book I really hate the way it is being marketed by cover and copy decisions My copy has the subtitle “Free the Genius in Your Brain” only slightly different from “How to Unleash Your Inner Genius” and the back uotes extensively from the book’s own foreword talking about the “superbrain” All in all it just comes across like this is supposed to be one of those gimmicky The Secret–like books that will give you powers over matter and the universe itself It isn’t It’s hard science at its best albeit told through some scattered and disorganized narratives about individual patients and larger studiesThe Superhuman Mind is informative and interesting It talks about the brain and neuroscience in an unconventional but still utterly rational thoughtful way I liked those aspects At times it doesn’t deliver what I generally want from a non fiction read in terms of style and feel but those seem like minor and very personal uibbles If like me you wonder how we tick beneath these skulls of ours you might like giving this a shot

  2. Josip Brecak Josip Brecak says:

    I received this book from a giveaway at good reads The Superhuman Mind How To Unleash Your Inner Genius by Berit Brogaard and Kristian Marlow has been a very insightful read For such a complex topic the authors were able to thoroughly explain the topics within the book for the average reader who isn't so familiar with how the brain works This is the one of the major reasons why I rated this book four out of five The other reason is that I personally have an obsession with becoming the better version of myself and anything that can help me become that better version is a worthwhile read and this is definitely a worthy read It goes into the minds of geniuses savants and those with autism which have truly extraordinary gifts such as being able to see black and white suares in front of them and being able to compose a piece of music from it which is a form of synesthesia Now although the ordinary person may not be able to acuire this sort of talent Unless you get into an accident which damages your brain and you come out with these sort of abilitiesrare In other words don't go out bashing your heads hoping to acuire these extraordinary talents There is a way we can acuire synesthesia without getting harmedassociate synesthesia By learning what happens to the minds of these individuals it can help us unleash the same kind of feats that lay dormant within us For an example many autistic individuals are able to know whether a day is Tuesday by just hearing the date and the good news is is that we can too by the DOOMSDAY method Also being able to remember a long series of numbers by using a sort of algorithm or associating with something else that creates a powerful emotion Basically learning shortcuts which DO WORK I went a found a few shortcuts myself because of this book opened by understanding of the brain and now I am able to do a few small tricks Such as being able to know what number was cubed when given the cubed answer in a matter of a seconds without a calculator Or being able to remember list of objects or numbers The book has a deep rooting in Left brain vs Right Brain topic which has been proven to be a myth So this is the only thing that may turn others away but nonetheless it has a powerful message Towards the ending of the book going towards the technology and methaphyscial side of things Some uestions that they attack are; How we may be able to unleash the brains power using technology? and Is there a such thing as consciousness or is our mind just a computer? To end this review off one other interesting uestion is Are we forever limited by the biological wetware endowed to us through evolution? The answer they propose is that maybe one day we will be able to upload our brain into the cloud by going to this Brainbank We then will move our mind to the computer and live a virtual reality without our physical body I wonder how that would feel like Just some food for thought

  3. jesse jesse says:

    a lot of interesting case studies i think many readers looking into it might be disappointed that the subtitle how to unleash your inner genius is rather misleading unless you're able to apply magnetic stimulation to your brain activating otherwise latent abilities there's also the option to take lsd or eat magic mushrooms and the like mnemonics hitting your head and damaging specific brain regions acuired savant syndrome i do wonder about training yourself to be a uasi synesthete through coloured text so you associate certain lettets with concrete colours

  4. Yatin Yatin says:

    Excellent introduction to how our brain works notably making up for faculties adversely affected The authors present the material in an engaging way using real life examples successfully By tying these real life stories into the associated anatomical processes they make the science behind it appear approachable succeeding in engaging the reader If nothing else you'll learn and remember a party trick of calculating the day of the week for any date from 1800 2200 using a very simple Doomsday Calendar approach Jokes apart I learnt a lot about narratives savants and brain conditions than I had hoped for All in all a great read

  5. Kate Kate says:

    I gave this book a try I really did I even tried the exercises in it I just can't get behind the whole Unleashing Your Inner Genius partI understand that with practice you can re wire your brain to think a certain way However that study has been shown repeatedly There's nothing revolutionary about the content here

  6. Norton Stone Norton Stone says:

    The book proposes to Free the genius in your brain There are certainly many examples of people who have savant like gifts but the book doesn't really live up to its proposition It talks a lot about potential which is illuminating however it tends to the academic and was not uite the self help psychology it purports to be

  7. George F Greenwald George F Greenwald says:

    A slightly entertaining review of people with unusual mental abilities The author claimed that anyone could also learn to have an unusual ability to work with their own mind Not really pertinent to that at all By about half way through the book the author gets boring with his tales

  8. AlegnaB † AlegnaB † says:

    This was fascinating The human brain is amazing

  9. Al Al says:

    Don't expect to actually unleash your inner genius

  10. Thomm Quackenbush Thomm Quackenbush says:

    Too little actual information on unleashing actual genius too much discussion of the same dozen cases of unusual minds

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