“Blending philosophy, psychology, personal anecdote, movies, literature and neuroscience, How We Are shows vividly how remaining stuck in our ruts – “saming”, Deary calls it – isn’t merely a failure to act, but something to which we subconsciously devote great effort. Like shoppers treading desire lines across the park to reach the supermarket faster, we embed shortcuts into life. We’d go mad if we didn’t: our very sense of self is little more than this accretion of memories, habits and relationships.” Oliver Burkman on Paul Dolan and Vincent Deary (Guardian)

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