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.



Author: Kevin Fielder

Innovative and dynamic security professional, with a passion for driving change by successfully engaging with all levels of the business. I am a determined individual with proven ability to provide security insights to the business, in their language. These insights have gained board buy in for delivering security strategy aligned to key business goals. This is achieved by understanding the need to drive change through people, process and technology, rather than focusing exclusively on any one area. I take pride in being a highly articulate, motivational and persuasive team-builder. I have a strategic outlook with the ability to engage with and communicate innovative and effective security solutions to all levels of management. Along with a proven ability to translate security into business language and articulate the business benefits I am also passionate about leading security innovations and making security a key part of the business proposition to its customers. Security should be made a key differentiator to drive sales and customer retention, not just a cost centre! Outside of work I am a proud husband and father to an awesome family, and a passionate CrossFit coach and athlete.

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