Say something about yourself!
Excellent exploration of how your brain works and what it means to your identity and behavior.
No, other similar books would cover topic without a couse in humanist sociology
David Eagleman tries to convince his readers that we all walking the planet as zombies.
Not sure but the audio version was very well done.
Loved the tone, pace, flow of information and especially the rhetorical (and not rhetorical) questions asked throughout the book.
This book was recommended to me; and I loved this book so much that I listened to it twice. I recommended it to a co-worker and he did the same. Very engaging and interesting book.
I am torn by this book. On one hand it was a fun read. But it lacks some of the mental challenge that I enjoy in a book of popular science. I enjoy a little more depth to the explanations of research. Did he do any of the research or was he borrowing and cribbing from real researchers? I lean toward the second. If you have a lay person's interest in neurology and the workings of the mind, much of the first 4-5 chapters is nothing you haven't read before. Interesting condition upon interesting condition is quickly discussed for the "oooh" and "aaaah" factor. Chapter six has a mad, voice-crying-out-in-the-desert quality. It reads something like, "Why doesn't anyone listen to me? I have the answers that will solve the world's problems with crime and criminals!" Frankly, it can get more than a little redundant and tedious in that section. Still, I can't completely trash the book. Though it wasn't as scientific as I prefer, it was a fun quick read about the brain, its functions and malfunctions. Perhaps I've read too much popular neurology for this to be fresh for me. If you haven't read that much you might enjoy it greatly. It could spur greater interest in the field.
Some science writing has great writing (e.g. Gladwell). Some science writing has great science (e.g., Khaneman). This book has both AND personable narration by the author. Highly recommended.
Since I work in the criminal law arena, the conclusions reached were interesting and should be thought provoking to the court system. I have known for a long time that the brain is one of the last unexplored areas on our earth. I hope 50 years from now we do not look back on how we deal with people with mental health differences and cringe at the lack of knowledge we had.
Just an all around awesome person.
The author presents the information in a well thought out and easily understood way. at no point in this book was i bored or trailing off. Thanks David.
I enjoyed every minute of this book and I think Eagleman did a fine job reading it to us. There's one practicality to consider, and that is the richness of the text. As Eagleman made incredible revelations my mind would drift as I considered them, before I knew it - I missed something good and then had to rewind (is that what they call it with an I-Pod?). I'll probably listen to it all again. Recommended!
This book is so interesting!! Every few minutes you'll learn something you didn't know before! Engaging, well written, and well narrated by the author.
Great book overall, very interesting, but... he keeps using studies referenced by Malcolm Gladwell in "Blink" which I found redundant.
Like the "racist test" and the "money card experiment."
I would have liked to hear more of the implications, instead of just observations. I mean, it's all very interesting but what to do with this information?