Reviews

  • An <b>astonishing</b> achievement. Nick <b>Chater has blown my mind</b> - as well as assuring me that my brain just doesn't work the way I think it does. <b>I haven't been able to stop talking about the ideas in this book</b>

    author of Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy and The Undercover Economist
  • A <b>superb</b> exposition of scientific findings

    Guardian
  • <p>It's a triumph in itself that Chater has written a book about cognition that is <b>as gripping as a thriller.</b> In fact, I would go even further. If you can measure a book by how often you find yourself bringing it up in conversation, then<b> <i>The Mind is Flat</i> is one of the best I've ever read </b>. . .</p><p><b>Brilliant . . . beautifully written</b> . . . you'll be able to bored your relatives rigid with your new theories of cognition over the Christmas turkey</p>

    The Spectator
  • A total assault on all lingering psychiatric and psychoanalytic notions of mental depths to be plumbed. For Chater, surface is everything ... <b>Light the touchpaper and stand well back</b>

    New Scientist
  • Launched with what may be the most engaging prologue of any work of nonfiction, the reader of <i>The Mind is Flat</i> is taken on <b>a fascinating intellectual journey</b>. Chater first compels us to leave behind widely-accepted views about the depth of the mind, abandoning the cherished idea that thinking is rooted in the depths of unconscious thought. But far from depriving the life of the mind of its charm, magic or meaning, Chater introduces us to <b>a new appreciation of the brain's remarkable propensity and capacity to make sense of experience</b>. While the mind may indeed be flat in the sense it is devoid of unconscious ruminations, reading <b>this book leaves us with a much deeper, transformed, understanding of our own thoughts and feelings</b> and of how we perceive the definitively non-flat world in which we live

    author of Exotic Preferences: Behavioral Economics and Human Motivation