The neuroscientist could find faults with David Eagleman’s Icognito, but I learned a lot and followed the various topics just fine. Along the way, there were insights of great benefit to me and, frankly, exciting to think about. Eagleman’s forte is taking technical literature and present it to the ordinary guy – me. Essentially, Inconito is an indepth consideration of the unconscious (I would refer saying in this case – preconscious) thinking and how it works. The sections that really helped me to better understand our behavior involved discussions of thought patterns that have become a part of our DNA. Our brains are constantly looking for form and symmetry in what we perceive and Eagleman tells us the why and how that is done. The implications for our daily lives are spread before the reader like a buffet. Anyone can benefit by a reading of this book. Eagleman reads his own book to great advantage to the Audible listener.
One of the best audiobooks I've heard so far!
I can't believe that this author is both smart enough to understand all this stuff AND well-spoken enough to give an excellent performance in his narration.
The content is super interesting and thought-provoking.
There were so many points he made that had never crossed my mind before, but he articulated them in a very easy-to-understand manner.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves the brain and/or is fascinated by human thought!
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".
The author narrates this book- which as we all know can be problematic. Not in this case... Just like Neil deGrasse David pulled this reader in first with his enthusiasm for his chosen topic, second with his ability to make it understandable for a non expert in the field and third in his ability to make it relevant to her everyday life.
it's a challenging concept, it got me involved all the way through the book. I will definitely listen to it again.
Ph.D. Candidate in Applied and Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University.
Extremely accessible, and Eagleman is one of the few authors who actually does a strong job of reading his own material. His theoretical approach is broad in its scope and novel in its application. The biggest problem with this book was that having the audio version precludes you from being able to identify the journal articles he cites. That being said, you really have to take his word on the interpretation of the results if you listen to the book instead of reading it.
This book was truly fascinating. And while a number of the examples felt like a retelling of some of Malcolm Gladwell's anecdotes from books like Blink, they were still strung together in an enticing stream of consciousness. The only section of the book that gave me pause was the second-last chapter, which posits that we should change the way society punishes crime. Regardless of your views, the author definitely advances some provocative opinions.
This book is smart and really enlightening as far as neuroscience but manages to also be engaging with anecdotal stories and interesting studies. Definitely nerdy but not to a fault :)