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8:51 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Our Buggy Brain

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 10:50 am

"Most animals learn by trial and error. There's just one problem: error." — Dan Gilbert

Our amazing brain, with all of its harmonious functions, also performs any number of peculiar actions, which we might find unexpected and counterintuitive. What tricks do our minds play when we think it's okay to lie, cheat, or steal? How in control are we of our own decisions? And why do our brains systematically misjudge what will make us happy?

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