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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,616 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Eagleman Narrator: David Eagleman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Uzma Naz | 2/18/2014

    " very interesting at the beginning. later he goes on to try using his findings for social justice and criminal law, which is ok by itself but doesn't fit too well with the main idea of the book, which is (or should be) about what the brain does unconsciously. I wish, rather, that he'd put more time into the science, maybe tied it together a little more. 'twas fun, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deirdre | 2/14/2014

    " fascinating, thought provoking and very readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/12/2014

    " I am torn by this book. On one hand it was a fun read. But it lacks some of the mental challenge that I enjoy in a book of popular science. I enjoy a little more depth to the explanations of research. Did he do any of the research or was he borrowing and cribbing from real researchers? I lean toward the second. If you have a lay person's interest in neurology and the workings of the mind, much of the first 4-5 chapters is nothing you haven't read before. Interesting condition upon interesting condition is quickly discussed for the "oooh" and "aaaah" factor. Chapter six has a mad, voice-crying-out-in-the-desert quality. It reads something like, "Why doesn't anyone listen to me? I have the answers that will solve the world's problems with crime and ciminals!" Frankly, it can get more than a little redundant and tedious in that section. Still, I can't completely trash the book. Though it wasn't as scientific as I prefer, it was a fun quick read about the brain, its functions and malfunctions. Perhaps I've read too much popular neurology for this to be fresh for me. If you haven't read that much you might enjoy it greatly. It could spur greater interest in the field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Juanita Cattleya | 1/29/2014

    " A brilliant exploration of our brains, what we are and where our behaviour comes from. It is an enjoyable reading. "

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