Incognito: The Secret Lives of the BrainIncognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

i probably would have been more wowed by this book if i hadn’t recently read Blindsight by Peter Watts. Blindsight and Incognito could almost be read as companion books: Blindsight for the fictional version, Incognito for the factual version.

it’s no diss on Incognito that i prefer the Blindsight version–i like my universe fictionalized, because you can take a fact and toy with it, see how it might play out in society or individuals. so, just a preference of mine.

there’s a lot to be learned here in any event, and Eagleman (who read the audiobook with great gusto–it was really quite a pleasure to hear the genuine excitement in his voice for his subject) is very good at making a clear case and walking one though the facts and logic to the conclusion. the book makes the science very accessible. it also brings up some very interesting questions, the most intriguing to me being: who is the “i” that i perceive as myself? cause that’s not really as simple a question as one might think.

so if you want to see what your brain is doing up there while you’re not looking (and even when you are looking), this is a good book to help you get in on the mystery of your 3 1/2 pounds of a dog’s breakfast.

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