'A stunning exploration of the we behind the I. Eagleman reveals, with his typical grace and eloquence, all the neural magic tricks behind the cognitive illusion we call reality.' Jonah Lehrer If the conscious mind - the part you consider you - is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing? In this sparkling and provocative new book, ...
'A stunning exploration of the we behind the I. Eagleman reveals, with his typical grace and eloquence, all the neural magic tricks behind the cognitive illusion we call reality.' Jonah Lehrer If the conscious mind - the part you consider you - is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing? In this sparkling and provocative new book, 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 notice when your name is 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 name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins 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, synaesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.
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You probably, unlike Alice, think you know the answer to this question. Read this book and you will discover not only why Alice was undecided about who she was, but that you probably should also be unsure about who you are. The book is a fascinating and neuroscientifically sound book about personal selfhood. While it is scientifically sound, it is well written and easy and enjoyable to read. I read it as a library book, bought a copy for me and two others to give to friends, and have my copy currently loaned to another friend. I think everyone should read, and can profit from reading, this book.
Feb 2, 2012
Purchased this for my husband for Christmas ... he doesn't read alot except on the computer. He couldn't put it down! Wonderful!!
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