Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

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If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a tiny fraction of the brain’s function, what is all the rest doing? This is the question that David Eagleman—renowned neuroscientist and acclaimed author of Sum—answers in a book as accessible and entertaining as it is deeply informed by startling, up-to-the-minute research.
Our behavior, thoughts, and experiences are inseparably yoked to a vast, wet, electrochemical network called the nervous system. The machinery is utterly alien to us, and yet, somehow, it is us. In this dazzling journey, David Eagleman plumbs the depths of the brain to illuminate surprising mysteries: Why does the conscious mind know so little about itself? Why can your foot jump halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? What do Odysseus and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Why do strippers make more money at certain times of the month? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why did Thomas Edison electrocute an elephant? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret?
This mind-blowing voyage into the inner cosmos includes stopovers in mate-selection, synesthesia, beauty, free will, infidelity, artificial intelligence, visual illusions, dreams, and the future of criminal law. Throughout, Eagleman helps us understand how our perceptions of ourselves and our world result from the hidden workings of the most wondrous thing we have ever encountered: the human brain.

Title : Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
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ISBN : 0307377334
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Robyn rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 15, 2011

Let me start with the easy stuff. On a literary note, this book is entertaining. However, it reads more like a series of interesting essays on neuroscience rather than a book. Let me move on to the more interesting stuff. This book is deceptive. Eagleman uses a "slight of hand" writing style. Jus...

Amir rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2018

ظاهرا روحی در کار نیست!!! این کتاب هم مثل بقیه کتابهایی که توی زمینه نوروساینس (عصب شناسی مغز) خوندم بسیار از چیزهایی رو که در مورد مذهب و دین به ما گفتن رو با اصول و علم و مثال های بسیار زیر سوال می بره یادمه کتاب های دینیمون یه سری دلایل برای اثبات روح میاوردن به طور مثال رویاهای صادقه یا خواب ه...

Kristin rated it ★★★★☆

June 01, 2011

*I am required to disclose that I received this book as a freebie from the Goodreads first reads giveaway program, but don't worry, this doesn't obligate me to say only good things. Though I give the book four stars and have already recommended it to more people than any book I've ever read, I wou...

Caroline rated it ★★★★★

August 27, 2017

This is a must read! What a fascinating book. Not only full of interesting ideas, but also hugely readable. It's a mouthful, but relevant, to mention that the author is director of Baylor College of Medicine's Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, at Stanford University. As the book progresses, it c...

PattyMacDotComma rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2016

5★ from both sides of my brain The only David Eagleman book I’d read was my favourite book, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, a collection of extremely short extremely thought-provoking stories. So I really wasn’t sure what to expect from a book from his “day job” as a neuroscientist. I needn’...

Carolyn rated it ★★★★★

June 08, 2012

Neuroscientists need to be pretty smart people. Even smarter is the neuroscientist who can produce writing which is attractive and appealing to our less-informed minds. David Eagleman can. Incognito is a wide-ranging and entertaining look at the development of our thinking about thinking, and the...

Trevor rated it ★★★★☆

April 02, 2012

This was a much better book than I thought it was going to be and a much better book than you might think from even flicking through it. You know, there are cartoons and while this isn't a guaranteed sign that things will be bad, it is the next best thing to a guarantee. And I listened to this as...

Alisa rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 30, 2011

Another hard one to review. If I were going by the first few chapters, it would have been not only five stars, but one of my personal 'Best Books of 2011'. However, in the last two thirds the content took a nose dive into absurdity. The author first attempts to prove that we have no free will, be...

Cem rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2017

Bilinçaltı dediğimiz kısmın, beynin işleyişinde aslında ne kadar baskın olduğunu örnekler ve araştırma sonuçlarıyla anlatan bir kitap. Bunun yanında, özellikle yakın zamanda edinilen çeşitli bilgiler üzerinden gelecekteki toplum yaşamına, suç, ceza ve adalet kavramlarına dair yorumlarda da bulunu...

د.أمجد rated it ★★★★★

November 10, 2015

كتاب جميل جدا، يطرح فكرة جديدة عن كيفية عمل الدماغ بشكل خارج عن ارادتنا بالرغم من ان هذه الفكرة موجودة في كتب أخرى، لكن الكتاب بكامله يتمحور حول ذلك. من الامثلة المذكورة كيف يتحول مرضى بارنكنسون الذين يتعالجون بالأدوية إلى مدمنين على المقامرة كيف يتسبب ورم صغير بالدماغ إلى تحويل الشخص إلى مجرم، أو ح...

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