• Owen Stephens

A Review: Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, award-winning neuroscientist, explains where our brain came from, how it is structured, and how it creates our experience. She sets out to debunks some myths that shape the way we view ourselves and the world. This is done beautifully. Raising questions like, What is human nature? What is rational thought? Are we responsible for our decisions?. To be the best version of ourselves we need to be open to new ideas, and be able to question our previous assumptions. This book will have you thinking in the best way possible. I would recommend this book to people who already love learning and reading non-fiction, or as a great introduction to non-fiction for people who might find it daunting. With that being said, here is the review I left for this book on Goodreads.


Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a beautiful little science treat. Written as a series of 7 essays that flow seamlessly into one book made it incredibly digestible, I call it a science treat because for a science book it wasn't overly… "sciency". With bits of humor and nods to current events making it fun, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is capable of reaching a wide audience because of its approachability. This is awesome because the information inside is well researched and applies to everyone. It was short and concise with some beautiful nuggets of knowledge.

Furthermore, What made this book special were the cross-disciplinary questions she brought up. A book about neuroscience raised questions in psychology, philosophy, political science, sociology, and anthropology. The book made connections that brought insight and relevance to the facts. Beautifully written and downright enjoyable. I read the whole book in one sitting and now I want more. View all my reviews

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