Loved the book overall. I'm not a scientist or a doctor, but I've read my fair share of related books for laypeople and was easily able to follow along because of it. Aside from some questionable brain exercises, Eagleman clearly and entertainingly lays out an (obviously over-)simplified explanation of the sub-conscious mind to explore how we become who we are. A good, basic picture depicting the state of our quest to understand the origin of conscious thought and a scientific understanding of the human "soul".
Say something about yourself!
Excellent exploration of how your brain works and what it means to your identity and behavior.
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.
This is well done. I enjoy audio books on the way the brain works. This one covers aspects others do not cover in the same way or detail and yet it is very understandable and fair. I say fair because it takes into account interpretation with respect to what we know based on facts but allows for more than just one way to make sense of the facts with regard to nature vs nurture.
This book offers nothing new in the last 50 years of "research", and worst it brings back zombie ideas of the past.
This book doesn't have characters, but I would definitely cut the free will section.
I read this book to think about AI, and the closest he ever came is to say, assuming you can get an individual AI then I have ideas on how to cluster them. That is remarkably unhelpful.
The book went completely downhill as it got into free will and punishment. By the way the puzzle about the male gene and crime was obvious, but I would have loved to hear him talk about other genes disproportionately incarcerated.
Weaves together neuroscience, genetics, and a healthy dose of anthropology to ask tough questions about human behavior and propose new ways of thinking about existence itself. You will think differently about our justice system, your own decision-making, and what constitutes humanity's greatest work.
Can't. Put. Down.
This is my first book by David Eagleman and I will be getting more! I had to read it twice it was so fascinating!! The parts about synesthesia were particularly cool. "Hearing" color as in chromesthesia, and seeing numbers as points in space as in spatial sequence synesthesia, etc. it was all so fascinating. I highly recommend the book!
He was pretty good as a narrator.