This is the story of how your life shapes your brain and how your brain shapes your life. Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, the brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity.
Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are 'you'? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?
In the course of his investigations, Eagleman guides us through the world of extreme sports, criminal justice, facial expressions, genocide, brain surgery, gut feelings, robotics, and the search for immortality.
Strap in for a whistle-stop tour into the inner cosmos. In the infinitely dense tangle of billions of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see in there: you.
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I really enjoyed this book. The author delivers exactly what he promised; a high level review of this fascinating science that touches biology, physics and philosophy without going too far down any particular rabbit holes.
He does repeat himself just s little, now and again, and sometimes he labours a point when I wish he would spend more time on something like consciousness, but in just 5 hours of listening he delivers plenty of food for thought, and springboards to go diving off into related topics.
The performance is enthusiastic without taking itself too seriously, and holds your interest all the way along.
A good one - recommended.
This book opens the blinds of a luminous window. You get to see all the wonderful things about your brain and what it can do. The book also raises questions that encourage you to think. This is the book you are looking for.
The stories about people with some sort of brain malfunction or the reported psychological tests gave insight into how our minds work as an individual, within a group or between groups. The speculations about future brain-environment interactions, artifical intelligences and transhumanism were one of the best parts of this book.
From stupid molecules to cosmic consciousness.
For most parts, the book felt like a list of different kinds of brain phenomenon with superficial explanations on them. I was already aware of many of the topics in this book, so I didn't get as much new information as someone else might get. Still, this audiobook worked nicely as a catalyst for thinking about brains and minds while taking walks.
"Excellent, but not quite as good as Incognito"
Eagleman's earlier book, Incognito, was one of the first books cognitive science, so I found in absolutely enthralling. Perhaps because I've read other excellent books on the topic since then, I didn't find this as much of a game-changer in my understanding of how the mind works. I felt that some of the material was a repetition of his earlier book. That said, I still found this to be an excellent listen. There's enough new material to make it well worthwhile. Eagleman's writing style is very easy to follow; I think he strikes the right balance between academic and popular science writing. I'd give this book 5 out of 5, and my only real criticism is that I'd have given Incognito 6 out of 5 if I could have.
"Couldn't stop listening"
Very interesting book for someone with no background on the brain. Kept me interested throughout and never got lost.
"Thorough discussion but long-winded"
A highly insightful book discussing the forefront scientific findings in the research of one of the most important keys to our future. David Eagleman has done a fabulous job at explaining very complex concepts using language perfectly understandable for laymen. A great introduction to this field. He js using his engaging, energetic personal style throughout the book. If only here was an abstract-like short version of the whole.
Had my mind blown 2 or 3 times, each and every car journey. Your brain is absolutely incredible and the author has managed to convey many of it's intricacies without losing you on the overly nerdy stuff. Fascinating!
"Truly thought provoking and insightful!"
David does a great job of inspiring us to take care of our brain and redefine ourselves. Highly recommend!
"Great. . . til it got a bit too weird."
David Eagleman is a very engaging reader. Book absolutely fascinating. Just a bit too futuristic iin the last few chapters.
"Very good assessment of where we are"
Brain science made easy to understand. Very well read by author and easy to follow. A lot of surprises and his ideas are made clear. Little actionable for oneself.
Very well written and researched a great book for parents, teachers and professionals. Really awesome
"Side show bob?"
Great book well read. I thought it was going to be a little bit dumbed down from the start with lines like "a part of the brain called the amygdala", however I think the author did well to keep it at a certain level that was still interesting.
I couldn't help thinking that the book was being read by side show bob though, to my untrained ear it sounded like the same voice as 'The Simpson's' character!
Good read. Would recommend.
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Good at getting you thinking, i saw in some reviews that the book drags on abit... But i gobbled this book up in two settings. Very impressed!
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