Author(s): David Eagleman
'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.
The accessible and definitive overview of this most sophisticated organ by bestselling neuroscientist David Eagleman, taking the reader on the journey of a lifetime
* David Eagleman is a brilliant neuroscientist, a bestselling author and a man of enormous discernment Sunday Times * The hottest thing in neuroscience The Times * The rock star of neuroscience Telegraph * 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!" Independent on Sunday on INCOGNITO * Eagleman provides an excellent overview of the workings of our most vital organ Sunday Times on Incognito * You will not read a more dazzling book this year -- STEPHEN FRY on SUM
David Eagleman is an assistant professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action as well as the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. His scientific research is published in journals from Science to Nature, and his neuroscience books include Re-wire: The Shape-Shifting Brain and Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia. He is also the author of the international fiction bestseller, Sum, and Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.