The Secret Lives of the Brain
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.82 hours)
Product Number: Z100023929
Released: May 31, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307934321
Narrator/s: David Eagleman
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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.

Author(s): David Eagleman
Original Publish Date: May 31, 2011

All formats/editions

Author(s): David Eagleman
Product Number EB00169976
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307379788

Professional reviews

"Throughout the millennia, information has been storing itself in our DNA. Then, as we live, experience comes in, but our evaluation of what we see and do and feel and think goes on in the brain while we remain unaware. The result? Thoughts, sometimes conflicting ones, rise to the surface of our consciousness, and then we must evaluate and decide. Eagleman, author and reader, is so enthusiastic about the topic that his presentation becomes cloying here and there. But for the listener, the ideas most often override. He is not a professional reader, but he still gets his messages across. D.M.W (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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