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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of how your life shapes your brain and how your brain shapes your life. Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, the brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity.

Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are 'you'? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?

In the course of his investigations, Eagleman guides us through the world of extreme sports, criminal justice, facial expressions, genocide, brain surgery, gut feelings, robotics, and the search for immortality.

Strap in for a whistle-stop tour into the inner cosmos. In the infinitely dense tangle of billions of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see in there: you.

©2015 Canongate Books (P)2015 Canongate Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Entertaining and profound: page-turning neuroscience from a bit of a genius." (Guardian)
"Clear, engaging and thought-provoking." (Nature)
"The posterboy of neuroscience with ideas that will stretch your mind." (Observer)

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From the perspective of an science undergrad.

Unfortunately a little basic and short, but still alright(listenable) content wise. Read very well though.

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Fantastic... Sagan-esque.

Beautifully written, up to date and broad in scope. A fascinating gateway into neuroscience and philosophy of mind.

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favorite quote from the book

"It would take a zettabyte of computational capacity to run a simulation of the brain. That is the entire computational capacity of our planet right now."

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Engaging and fascinating material

This book opens up your mind about the brain, giving you a clearer understanding of our reality and and analyses everything from robotics to consciousness to our reality. Intriguing

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Brilliant

inspirational and enlightening. everyone should download. This book changes how you view yourself and others

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Genocide topic

I find it odd how the author used srebrenica as an example of how the human mind can be manipulated and how soldiers will commit crimes when told too;

Those crimes have never been proven by any court in the world, and many neutral expert forensic teams have said that srebrenica was fabricated. It might seem like a minor detail, but if you are using that too support your theory on the brain then i cant trust any "fact" you state in this book



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A little basic

Not bad but a bit too introductory especially in the early chapters. Still have some interesting research findings shared in later chapters.

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amazing

Works really well to help answer many of the big philosophical questions in a tangible scientific way.
At the end I didn't feel as though there was anything missing but I also didn't want it to end.

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Fantastic

loved it. Well written and explained.

never read a book i enjoyed so much. highly recommend.

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full of great insights into the brain

Loved it however I felt like I enjoyed it more because I already had some basic foundations on the brain and psychology from other books I read. As the style likes to jump into different subjects the book doesn't always flesh out basic concepts to the listener. My experience was fantastic but if you don't know much about some of these subjects to begin with could be a little steep to start.

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  • 23-02-2017

5 star

A fantastic journey, we should spread this knowledge as far as possible to reduce the ignorance and violence

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  • 12-09-2016

Amazing

Brain science is extremely interesting and important. You will learn something about the reality her. I promise.

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  • Alan Mellerick
  • 24-03-2016

Excellent summary of neurology for the layman.

I really enjoyed this book. The author delivers exactly what he promised; a high level review of this fascinating science that touches biology, physics and philosophy without going too far down any particular rabbit holes.

He does repeat himself just s little, now and again, and sometimes he labours a point when I wish he would spend more time on something like consciousness, but in just 5 hours of listening he delivers plenty of food for thought, and springboards to go diving off into related topics.

The performance is enthusiastic without taking itself too seriously, and holds your interest all the way along.

A good one - recommended.

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  • Oktay
  • 03-03-2016

The book I was looking for

This book opens the blinds of a luminous window. You get to see all the wonderful things about your brain and what it can do. The book also raises questions that encourage you to think. This is the book you are looking for.

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  • Ilkka
  • 26-02-2016

Between fascinating and superficial

What made the experience of listening to The Brain the most enjoyable?

The stories about people with some sort of brain malfunction or the reported psychological tests gave insight into how our minds work as an individual, within a group or between groups. The speculations about future brain-environment interactions, artifical intelligences and transhumanism were one of the best parts of this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

From stupid molecules to cosmic consciousness.

Any additional comments?

For most parts, the book felt like a list of different kinds of brain phenomenon with superficial explanations on them. I was already aware of many of the topics in this book, so I didn't get as much new information as someone else might get. Still, this audiobook worked nicely as a catalyst for thinking about brains and minds while taking walks.

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  • Dom
  • 14-01-2016

Couldn't stop listening

Very interesting book for someone with no background on the brain. Kept me interested throughout and never got lost.

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  • Kerry
  • 27-04-2016

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Had my mind blown 2 or 3 times, each and every car journey. Your brain is absolutely incredible and the author has managed to convey many of it's intricacies without losing you on the overly nerdy stuff. Fascinating!

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  • aky
  • 03-12-2015

Excellent, but not quite as good as Incognito

Eagleman's earlier book, Incognito, was one of the first books cognitive science, so I found in absolutely enthralling. Perhaps because I've read other excellent books on the topic since then, I didn't find this as much of a game-changer in my understanding of how the mind works. I felt that some of the material was a repetition of his earlier book. That said, I still found this to be an excellent listen. There's enough new material to make it well worthwhile. Eagleman's writing style is very easy to follow; I think he strikes the right balance between academic and popular science writing. I'd give this book 5 out of 5, and my only real criticism is that I'd have given Incognito 6 out of 5 if I could have.

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  • Richard
  • 02-10-2016

Very good, but it can be quite a deep book.

I enjoyed this book. It is educational and helps you understand about how we think. It also gives you insight into how our brains work. It's not really a chill out book as you would probably expect. It did at times have me rewinding certain parts to understand what the author was trying to explain. None the less I was happy with my purchase and how the content was delivered. Therefore if you have a slight interest in how we think, and how our brain interprets the world. Then you may well enjoy this book.

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  • Rex Ovire
  • 05-01-2017

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Very well written and researched a great book for parents, teachers and professionals. Really awesome

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  • Laszlo
  • 25-11-2015

Thorough discussion but long-winded

A highly insightful book discussing the forefront scientific findings in the research of one of the most important keys to our future. David Eagleman has done a fabulous job at explaining very complex concepts using language perfectly understandable for laymen. A great introduction to this field. He js using his engaging, energetic personal style throughout the book. If only here was an abstract-like short version of the whole.

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  • Luke
  • 31-12-2016

Amazing!!

Want to be smarter? Read this book!

Good at getting you thinking, i saw in some reviews that the book drags on abit... But i gobbled this book up in two settings. Very impressed!

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  • Alex
  • 19-05-2016

Truly thought provoking and insightful!

David does a great job of inspiring us to take care of our brain and redefine ourselves. Highly recommend!

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  • Uko
  • 26-02-2017

Great read!

i am one who prefers biographies. This book however was eye opening into the workings of the human mind and illustrated with very practical examples. I was kept engaged throughout. A recommended read for everyone.

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  • Ben
  • 25-01-2018

Great book, will recommend

I really enjoyed this book, it was read really well and was very insightful. Well worth the credit

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