While I have read some of this information before, his presentation and analysis provided new insight into the conscious and unconscious aspects of what we call our mind.
While some authors add little to their books with their voices, Eagleman's enthusiasm for his subject carries through with his voice and rhythm. It was a joy to listen to.
The subject is too thought provoking to give it justice in a single sitting. I listened to it during my commutes to work and then could cogitate on it through the day. Very thought provoking. Especially the intriguing possibility that we could possibly reprogram our personalities later in life by reteaching our unconscious selves whom we really want to be.
Yes, because there is a lot of information in this book
This book is read by the author, David Eagleman. It is very fascinating and there is a lot of information in this book. I found his reading to be a bit slow, and I could have read the book faster myself, but other than that its well worth it.
Balanced, measured,well researched
This book is a comprehensive account of the human brain derived from analyzing the scientific evidence available at this time but also recognizing that our conclusions are influenced by what we know as well as the absence of what we do not know at this time.
Yes. I learned so much from reading this book that I was constantly telling my family and friends interesting facts I learned about the brain. This is not a
There are no
It was fascinating.
Anyone can relate to this material. I was particularly astounded at how much of what we
This was an amazing journey through the brain. It was so accessible. Buy this book, read this book, and thank me later. :)
I've read a lot of bio psych books, so most of his research was familiar. What really impressed me about this book was the new ideas he made using this familiar research. Two ideas especially blew my mind:
1.) In chapter six, he proposes that because of what bio psych teaches us, our legal system would better serve us all if it concentrated on preventing future crimes rather than worrying about figuring out who's to blame. Blame is messy and nearly impossible to detach from biology not entirely under our control, but there is plenty of research to suggest that we might be able to have some influence on possible future crimes with the right kind of treatment. His idea about using bio feedback as a
very interesting, Enjoyable, Easy listening.
and clearly this is meant for a lay audience, I dont think anyone with a serious interest in neuroscience field will spend hours to listen to it.
As an educator, I found this book fascinating. It definitely helped expand my understanding of how the brain works. I am especially interested in David Eagleman's idea of the "prefrontal workout" and how that could be translated into education.
Who knew? The frontal cortex as the big chief - running the show - in control - what you think you know about yourself and how you work is pretty well overturned by this book - neat stories and popular science combine to illuminate just how 'out of control' we really are on a minute-to-minute basis throughout our lives. Don't kid yourself you are the boss...you don't see the strings being pulled inside your own head...fascinating.
on a quest to read Audible's entire nonfiction science section...
This book is about how much our subconscious minds do and what a small part our conscious minds play in most of our daily tasks. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist so you're getting science straight from the source and he writes clearly and, at times elegantly. He also narrates the book and, I must say, I'd love to have him read more titles. He does a much better job than some of the non-author narrators I've listened to.
This is my first book about brain science but I do a LOT of "sci-nonfi" and I found it so compelling that I started it again as soon as I finished it; I can't say that about many other books I've listened to.
I think Eagleman separates the subconscious from the conscious a bit too profoundly--for instance he laughs at us for saying, "I just came up with this great idea!" (emphasis on the letter I) when he says it's the subconscious that's really worked out the problem. That may be so but is the subconscious not part of ME?? He says that one of the great roles of the conscious minds is in setting goals to which we dedicate our brains. Do I not deserve some of the credit for setting my subconscious to the task? Also, being a student of martial arts to some degree, I have seen a marked increase in my reflexive actions. That would fall under the subconscious control but I think my conscious mind deserves a bit of credit too. Regardless, it's a fun ride.
One of Eagleman's primary topics is our justice system and how we sentence wrong-doers. I found that somewhat less intriguing but perhaps it's more so to you.
Overall I would rank this quite high in the 20-30 science books I've listened to from Audible.