Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware by Andy Hunt

I loved this book, a totally refreshing look at how our brains work and how we learn.  This is totally different from the usual self help fodder and is actually based on sold science about how our brains are wired and how we work.

This book is from the well regarded Pragmatic Bookshelf – Pragmatic Programmers series of books and as such is written in a style that should appeal to technical folk.  While this book is clearly aimed at programmers, I think it can apply to anyone who wants to better understand how their brain works and who wants to improve their ability to learn and remember things.

The author introduces us to how our brains work – their architecture – how they are ‘wired’.  There are then explanations and practical examples of how to take advantage of this knowledge – how to refactor your wetware!

The book is an easy and interesting read, at a minimum you may learn some more about how your brain works and some basic concepts of cognitive science and neuroscience.  Try some of the suggestions and you may benefit a whole lot more.