Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Kindle Edition
"Eagleman has a talent for testing the untestable, for taking seemingly sophomoric notions and using them to nail down the slippery stuff of consciousness." -"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." -Kevin Kelly, "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
""Written in clear, precise language, the book is sure to appeal to readers with an interest in psychology and the human mind, but it will also please people who just want to know, with a little more clarity, what is going on inside their own skulls."" -Booklist
"Original and provocative...Incognito is a smart, captivating book that will give you a prefrontal workout." "-Nature
""Incognito is fun to read, full of neat factoids and clever experiments...Eagleman says he's looking to do for neuroscience what Carl Sagan did for astrophysics, and he's already on his way." -"Texas Monthly""
""Although "Incognito" is face-paced, mind-bending stuff, it's a book for regular folks. Eagleman does a brilliant job refining heavy science into a compelling read. He is a gifted writer." -"Houston Chronicle"
"A popularizer of impressive gusto...[Eagleman] aims, grandly, to do for the study of the mind what Copernicus did for the study of the stars." -"New York Observer"
"The journey to the heart of neurological darkness is also a kind of safari, and we spend a lot of time taking in the marvelous birds...Incognito proposes a grand new account of the relationship between consciousness and the brain. It is full of dazz
A "Boston Globe" Best Book of the Year
"Original and provocative. . . . A smart, captivating book that will give you a prefrontal workout."
"A popularizer of impressive gusto . . . [Eagleman] aims, grandly, to do for the study of the mind what Copernicus did for the study of the stars. . . . "Incognito" proposes a grand new account of the relationship between consciousness and the brain. It is full of dazzling ideas, as it is chockablock with facts and instances."
--"The New York Observer "
"Eagleman engagingly sums up recent discoveries about the unconscious processes that dominate our mental life. . . . [He] is the kind of guy who really does make being a neuroscientist look like fun."
--"The New York Times
"Although" Incognito" is fast-paced, mind-bending stuff, it's a book for regular folks. Eagleman does a brilliant job refining heavy science into a compelling read. He is a gifted writer."
"Eagleman has a talent for testing the untestable, for taking seemingly sophomoric notions and using them to nail down the slippery stuff of consciousness."
""Incognito" does the right thing by diving straight into the deep end and trying to swim. Eagleman, by imagining the future so vividly, puts into relief just how challenging neuroscience is, and will be."
--"The Boston Globe"
"Appealing and persuasive."
--"The Wall Street Journal"
"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."
"A fun read by a smart person for smart people. . . . It will attract a new generation to ponder their inner workings."
"Fascinating. . . . Eagleman has the ability to turn hard science and jargon into interesting and relatable prose, illuminating the mind's processes with clever analogies and metap --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action as well as the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. His scientific research has been published in journals from "Science" to "Nature," and his neuroscience books include "Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia," "Why the Net Matters," and the forthcoming "Live-Wired." He is also the author of the internationally best-selling book of fiction "Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B005651PCQ
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It all starts with the UK cover, which has a lovely bit of op art in the squirly bit (not really obvious in the reduced version here), but the book was a dream to read. It explores how much of our actions are out of the control of our conscious mind and takes us through the wonders that are the various half-understood and often competing systems that handle the many aspects of thought and our interaction with our senses body as a whole.
The first few chapters are packed with absolutely fascinating little examples (some of them practical things you can try yourself) that demonstrate just how much disconnection there is between our relatively puny consciousness and everything else the brain does. David Eagleman describes what’s going on in there as a bit like a parliament, rather than a dictatorship of the conscious mind. There is then a really thought provoking chapter on the crime and punishment. If, as Eagleman suggests seems likely, all actions can be linked to states of the brain rather than an individual’s choice, where does that leave our attitude to offenders? Eagleman argues we shouldn’t punish them, but some we can rehabilitate through specific mental processes, while others will have to be locked away for everyone’s protection because there is no way to change things.
Of course, the book isn’t perfect. The introduction has some rather loose information in an attempt to make sweeping, involving statements. We are told that the visible universe is 15 billion light years across – probably a factor of 5 out. Eagleman suggests that Galileo’s near-contemporary Bruno was burned at the stake for rejecting an Earth-centered universe – which he wasn’t. (He was burned at the stake, but for heretical religious views, not his science.) And there’s a dramatic error in an attempt to show how our brains mishandle logic. Of themselves these aren’t huge errors, but it’s difficult not to think ‘If there are these mistakes in the bits I know about, what could be wrong in the stuff about brains that comes as a great surprise to me?’ My suspicion is that Eagleman knows his stuff, though – and he tells a great story.
One good mark of the effectiveness of this book was that I couldn’t resist telling people about a couple of things I read here. One was that a percentage of women have a fourth colour receptor in their eyes, so would see colours and colour matches differently. Lovely factoid. The other you’ll have to spot when you read it. All in all this was a hugely enjoyable book, and despite sometimes seeming like a TV science show in its focus on style, it really delivers on information we’re all interested in about our favourite topic – ourselves. Recommended.
If you want to become a more forgiving person, or you just want to understand more about what your brain does, then read this book. The style is easy and the content is not academic or scientific, so it is accessible to everyone.