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.
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?
If you have taken psyc 101 and have some interest in psychology and brain science you will not learn much from this book. Nothing new or groundbreaking here. Don't get me wrong--this is all very interesting, it's just not new to me.
The author, though incredible and intelligent, was not the best choice for narrator.
EPIC. LOGICAL. ALL-ENCOMPASSING.
The way the biopsychosocial model is applied when considering the brain ensures every major topic is encompassed. It is easy to read, with simple definitions and explanations for more complex areas. Add the enthusiasm of Dr. Eagleman, from the audiobook, with its simplicity; The result of which is a Fantastically Simple and Thorough Examination of The Brain, the Mind, US, and the Future.
this really makes the case for the importance of understanding our thoughts. we are really in control of our minds and can choose to pay attention to whatever we want. thanks!
This book is fantastic! The author's voice is dynamic and interesting. Prior knowledge on neuroscience is not required to enjoy this book. Great for all that are curious about the subject.