The Brain

  • by David Eagleman
  • Narrated by David Eagleman
  • 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- aky "I'm a maths and physics teacher in Dublin, Ireland. I listen exclusively to non-fiction, but have a broad range of interests within that."

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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- Dom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2015
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd