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

The vote was a landslide in favor of:

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
If the conscious mind--the part you consider to be you--is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing? In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Is there a true Mel Gibson? How is your brain like a conflicted democracy engaged in civil war? What do Odysseus and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Why are people whose names begin with J more like to marry other people whose names begin with J? And why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

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  • lorena

    Scott, has the group read and discussed any of Debra Tannen's books?

    April 27, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Hi Lorena, no never read and not even suggested. Why don't you pick a favorite and suggest it for next time.

      April 28, 2013

    • lorena

      Let me correct myself. her name is Deborah Tannen. I would suggest an early book I think it is called You Just Don't Understand. Very good. John Grey took her research and made a fortune with it. She is more scholarly than he is. She is great.

      May 31, 2013

  • VV

    Sorry I forgot to change my RSVP on this. I enjoyed the first few chapters but wasn't able to finish the book. Hope you had fun.

    March 10, 2013

  • lorena

    interesting

    March 10, 2013

  • Laura

    Releasing my spot since I will be coming from a preformance in SF and would be late, depending on traffic. If not full, I will try to join you.

    March 10, 2013

  • lorena

    Looking forward to our discussion of Incognito. It is exactly my cup of tea. Only tiny complaint is that most of it was info I had already read elsewhere so there was not much new info but still a very enjoyable read. It is not the author's fault that the reader already knows the info.

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be outta town and therefore will open up a spot.
    I thought the book was a good read. Parts were summaries of things I had read elsewhere (the brain is one of my fave topics), but that's okay. The "political proposal" portion I felt was a bit of a surprise - interesting idea, and not a bad one IMHO, but it felt out of place in this book.

    March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That said I'd still give it 4 of 5 if I was there.

      March 5, 2013

  • Suzanne Y.

    I'm going to be out of town and now can't make it.

    February 20, 2013

  • Jessica

    I hadn't noticed this book on the discussion schedule until just now. I read it about 6 months ago and loved it! Hope i can come to the discussion.

    February 18, 2013

  • Karen S.

    The book recommendation: Spencer Weart, The Rise of Nuclear Fear. American Institute of Physics??? rated it first or second best book of 2012. It talks about what was going on in society and how the stories we tell about a technology fit into the stories we were telling before the technology, or how the existence of the technology changes the stories.

    February 10, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Karen, this is great. I want to also encourage other members to put their suggestions in the comments so that there is an opportunity for some dialogue/feedback on the book before we vote. It was interesting for me to note that the first version of this book was originally published in 1988. I might lean towards another title that is more mainstream (e.g., there are only two reviews online at Amazon) but would be interested in the feedback from the group.

      February 10, 2013

    • Karen S.

      I posted it here because I couldn't figure out how to add it to my suggestions long after I said I wanted to attend. Physics Today listed this book 2nd on their list; here is their review http://www.physicstod­...

      February 11, 2013

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