by Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide,
"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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"The book is full of startling examples....Eagleman has a wealth of such observations, backed up with case studies, bits of pop culture, literary references and historic examples. A book that will leave you looking at yourself — and the world — differently." (starred review)
by Sunday Herald,
"What Eagleman seems to be calling for is a new Enlightenment, where our better understanding of the brain allows us to treat criminality differently. It’s a bold argument and perhaps just the beginning of the debate."
by The Guardian,
"David Eagleman offers startling lessons in neuroscience.... His method in both Sum and his new book, Incognito, is to ask us to cast off our lazy, commonplace assumptions. In one, he delineates, with remorseless logic and clarity, what any conceivable afterlife would actually entail. In the other: you think your brain and senses reveal the world as it is?"
by The Independent,
"A shining example of lucid and easy-to-grasp science writing."
by New Scientist,
"A fun read by a smart person for smart people....It will attract a new generation to ponder their inner workings."
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.
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