Gaston Mendieta You may think of yourself as a rational, intelligent person – but this is probably your brain playing tricks on you again. In this special pilot podcast we discover the myriad ways the human brain is set up to shortcut our thinking. Diving into our ‘Effortless thinking’ cover story, New Scientist acting editor Graham Lawton talks us through these common pitfalls, including why people become more right wing the more alcohol they drink, and what he learned about human nature from meeting the queen. Also in the podcast, hear reporter Timothy Revell talk about his week-long data detox, and shares his advice on easy steps to clean up your act online. Plus, check out our selection of the best science books to give your loved ones, with arts and books editor Liz Else. Listen below on Soundcloud. If you have any suggestions or comments please let us know at [email protected] Further listening: Podcast: Are we heading towards a male fertility disaster?