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Incognito by David Eagleman.. The Secret Lives of the Brain (subtitle) explores the notion that there is quite the shell game going on in your cranium. Intriguing insights and strange conjectures abound here, but the fresh perspective is going to renew your curiosity about the role of the subconscious.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"If salvation is his goal, his method in both Sum and his new book, Incognito, is to ask us to cast off our lazy, commonplace assumptions. In one, he delineates, with remorseless logic and clarity, what any conceivable afterlife would actually entail. In the other: you think your brain and senses reveal the world as it is? He will show you the tricks they play on us.."

The Guardian

"Before Incognito draws to a close, Eagleman turns to his real subject: not, in fact, 'the secret lives of the brain,' but the deep, disturbing questions neuroscience raises about crime, punishment, and the organization of society. Neuroscience, Eagleman argues, by revealing the extent to which different people have different capacities for self-control and human connection, will force us to give up on 'the myth of human equality'; in the process, it will upend the legal system, 'which is built partially upon the premise that humans are all equal before the law.'."

The Boston Globe

Author bio: David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a writer. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor College of Medicine. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw. At night he writes. His work of fiction, SUM, is an international bestseller published in 23 languages. His book on the internet and civilization, Why the Net Matters, is available as an app for the iPad and as an eBook.  His latest book, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience "under the hood" of the conscious mind--that is, all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access. Eagleman is a Guggenheim Fellow.  More information can be found here:

Book Details: Science/Technology; (304 pp. Gaslighting: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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