Book Review: The Superhuman Mind

“It turns out that all brain have hidden superhuman abilities. We just have to use the right keys to unlock them. One such key is synesthesia.”

So, begins Dr. Berit Brogaard and Kristian Marlow’s plunge into the mysteries of human perception explored in the team’s non-fiction debut “The Superhuman Mind.”  As researchers, the two scientists encounter individuals with rather unusual talents for memory and sensory integration.  The book’s thesis is that people with extraordinary capabilities (think Vegas-toppling card counters or synesthetes who experience numbers as colors) are not born with this capacity; rather, every brain is capable of reorganizing to bypass slow thinking in favor of manipulating information to solve problems in new ways.Continue reading