If the conscious mind—the part you consider to be you—is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?
In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries: Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Why do you hear your name being mentioned in a conversation that you didn’t think you were listening to? What do Ulysses and the credit crunch have in common? Why did Thomas Edison electrocute an elephant in 1916? Why are people whose names begin with J more likely to marry other people whose names begin with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? And how is it possible to get angry at yourself—who, exactly, is mad at whom?
Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.
©2011 David Eagleman (P)2011 Random House
"Eagleman has a talent for testing the untestable, for taking seemingly sophomoric notions and using them to nail down the slippery stuff of consciousness.” (The New Yorker)
“Your mind is an elaborate trick, and mastermind David Eagleman explains how the trick works with great lucidity and amazement. Your mind will thank you.” (Wired magazine)
“A fun read by a smart person for smart people.… it will attract a new generation to ponder their inner workings.” (New Scientist)
We all know that the narrator can make or break the book. I keep coming across these reviews saying that narrations by the author can be problematic, but my favorite listens so far have been narrated by the author, including malcolm gladwell's what the dog saw & jon ronson's psychopath test. david eagleman's incognito will have to be added to this list! david eagleman's narration really made this book! a great book with some fascinating insight into the brain!
So Very Interesting
His energy and life telling us amazing facts and analogies
This is the first book i have listened to, but I have caught his Neuoscience performances at TED TALKS and other TV or Video performances. He is the Steve Jobs of Neuroscience.... very smart man, and a fun listen too,
I am still listening to it, will write again later. I just had to stop and say how great this book is. I am buying another one as a gift.
Don't miss this one.....
Yes... and have twice.You don't grasp everything the first time
I've been reading Sigularity is Near. Ray Kurzweil is more definitive about the future, but David Eagleman leaves room for the unknown and wonder of it all.
David reminds me of a calculous teacher I once had. He's so Enthusiastic about his science that you can't help but get excited.
What are we all missing?
David acknowledges the unknown of what we don't already know which might be able to help interpret what we are discovering, but I think fails to notice how left brained the activity of his study really is. He himself comments how little awareness is given to consciousness therefore the "zombie" programs we run may in fact turn out to be the "god" hardware religion tries to explain.
If you want a quick overview of some fascinating recent findings in brain research, this book is for you. If you want a deep look at what that research means for questions of free will and jurisprudence, you may be disappointed. Eagleman's "gee whiz" tone of voice matches his earnest style of argument, wherein he creates highly flammable straw men who then succumb to his gasoline tactics. Too bad; it would have been a better book if he'd been less ambitious and focused on what he knows best. His skill at explaining the relationship between neuroscience and behavior is quite marvelous!
Made me realize, that I'm capable of so much more that I ever thought I am. this life is our chance to get to discover who we really. Look in the mirror and meet...... "You"
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. :)
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