Brain: The Story of You
The latest discoveries enable neurology to enter the preserves of psychology and philosophy. Eagleman’s descriptions of the behaviour of neurones tell us much about how we generate our idea of reality, our feelings and thoughts, our ideas about ourselves and our capacities. What makes humans so interesting neurologically is that we are born ‘soft-wired’, which means that the function of our brain is formed and reformed by experience. Of the many fascinating things that have been revealed by recent neurology is the fact that we do not attempt to make an idea of the world around us from sensual stimulation but rather that we form an idea of the world around us and only then test it against stimulation, showing our idea of the world to be primarily a creative act, the work of an author (which just happens to be subsequently fact-checked) rather than a piece of reportage. Discoveries like these have profound implications.
'This is the story of how your life shapes your brain, and how your brain shapes your life.' Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman on a whistle-stop tour of the inner cosmos. It's a journey that will take you into the world of extreme sports, criminal justice, genocide, brain surgery, robotics, and the search for immortality. On the way, amidst the infinitely dense tangle of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see: you.
Entertaining and profound: page-turning neuroscience from a bit of a genius * GUARDIAN * Clear, engaging and thought-provoking * NATURE * The posterboy of neuroscience with ideas that will stretch your mind * OBSERVER * Mind-blowing revelations abound * FINANCIAL TIMES * It's no wonder reading David Eagleman's new book, The Brain, made me a little bit giddy. Eagleman tosses about ideas that had my grey matter pushed and pummelled, stimulated and stretched * SCOTSMAN * On every page of The Brain there is a revelation so fantastic as to make one gasp -- STEPHEN FRY The hottest thing in neuroscience * THE TIMES * Accessible and fascinating * SUNDAY TIMES * The rock star of neuroscience * TELEGRAPH * If neuroscience had a rock legend this would be him -- RUBY WAX
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 he is also the author of the international fiction bestseller, Sum, and Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. He is the writer and presenter of the companion BBC television series The Brain.