Incognito: The Secret Lives of The Brain - Canons (Paperback)
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Incognito: The Secret Lives of The Brain - Canons (Paperback)

Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 26/04/2012
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*Why does your foot hit the brake pedal before you are conscious of danger ahead? *Why do you hear your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? *Why is a person whose name begins with J more likely to marry another person whose name begins 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? A thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions. A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781847679406
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
Edition: Main

[An] entertaining and truly brainy front-line report from the neuroscience labs... I guarantee it'll change the way you think of yourself * * Mail on Sunday * *
A fun read by a smart person for smart people... It will attract a new generation to ponder their inner workings * * New Scientist * *
Eagleman engagingly sums up recent discoveries about the unconscious processes that dominate our mental life. . . . [He] is the kind of guy who really does make being a neuroscientist look like fun * * New York Times * *
David Eagleman's lobe-spangling new study of how thoroughly our genetic make-up, deep-lying subroutines and chemical changes can affect the submerged mind gives dizzying up-to-the-minute insight as to just whose hand is really on the tiller. . . Incognito is a fascinating book that will not so much turn your mind upside down as flip it right-side up. You'll never hear the phase "You don't know what you're doing!" in the same way again * * Time Out * *
Breezy, fun, optimistic and full of the latest research * * The Sunday Times * *
A dream to read... I couldn't resist telling people about a couple of things I read here -- Brian Clegg * * Popular Science * *
Witty, bright, sharp and unexpected... as surprising a book as I've read for years. Every story is a new Heaven -- Brian Eno
Readers may discover much to appreciate - not least the lives they are living now... quirky, occasionally unsettling... never short of new new ideas, all of them rolled out with style -- Nicholas Tucker * * Independent * *
Eagleman provides an excellent overview of the workings of our most vital organ -- Ian Critchley * * Sunday Times * *
***** I was completely immersed. Eagleman writes well and has brought together great stories from the wild shores of neuroresearch, taking a field that is enormously complex and creating a clear path through it... A book that will stay with you -- Michael Mosley * * BBC Focus * *
A shining example of lucid and easy-to-grasp science writing -- Laurence Phelan * * Independent on Sunday * *
A well-written popular science book, with a clear narrative, friendly explanations that respect both the lay-reader's intelligence and their ignorance, and a plethora of weird facts that make you nudge the person next to you and say 'Listen to this!' -- Brandon Robshaw * * Independent on Sunday * *
Contains startling revelations. . . beginning with the awesome and shadowy power of the subconscious * * The Times * *
You will learn a great deal that is fascinating from Incognito * * Guardian * *
A popularizer of impressive gusto . . . [Eagleman] aims, grandly, to do for the study of the mind what Copernicus did for the study of the stars. . . Incognito proposes a grand new account of the relationship between consciousness and the brain. It is full of dazzling ideas, as it is chockablock with facts and instances * * New York Observer * *
A bold argument, and perhaps just the beginning of the debate * * Sunday Herald * *
Eagleman's style is accessible and easily understood * * Press Association * *
A fascinating and engaging look at the nature of consciousness... Eagleman brings a concise prose style, historical research and the latest scientific thinking to a book that will have you re-examining the nature of personality and identity * * Big Issue * *
Lyrical, unpretentious, always compelling * * Sunday Telegraph * *
Eagleman explains scientific ideas with exemplary clarity * * Spectator * *
The Malcolm Gladwell of brain science * * Independent * *
He has a gift for communicating complicated ideas in an accessible and friendly way - Brian Cox with an American accent * * Seven, Sunday Telegraph * *
Original and provocative... A smart, captivating book that will give you a prefrontal workout * * Nature * *
Eagleman has a talent for testing the untestable, for taking seemingly sophomoric notions and using them to nail down the slippery stuff of consciousness * * The New York Times * *
Appealing and persuasive * * Wall Street Journal * *
Your mind is an elaborate trick, and mastermind David Eagleman explains how the trick works with great lucidity and amazement. Your mind will thank you * * Wired * *

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