Episode 3: Michael Corballis, The Wandering Mind

Based on the ideas in Michael Corballis' book, you probably won't  read to the end of this description. Somewhere in the middle of the next paragraph, your mind will wander off. Minds wander. That’s just how it is.

Does the fact that as much as fifty percent of our waking hours find us failing to focus on the task at hand represent a problem? The Wandering Mind draws on the latest research from cognitive science and evolutionary biology, Corballis shows us how mind-wandering not only frees us from moment-to-moment drudgery, but also from the limitations of our immediate selves. Furthermore, he explains, our tendency to wander back and forth through the timeline of our lives is fundamental to our very sense of ourselves as coherent, continuing personalities.