Consciousness and the Brain

  • by Stanislas Dehaene
  • Narrated by David Drummond
  • 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How does the brain generate a conscious thought? And why does so much of our knowledge remain unconscious? Thanks to clever psychological and brain-imaging experiments, scientists are closer to cracking this mystery than ever before. In this lively book, Stanislas Dehaene describes the pioneering work his lab and the labs of other cognitive neuroscientists worldwide have accomplished in defining, testing, and explaining the brain events behind a conscious state. We can now pin down the neurons that fire when a person reports becoming aware of a piece of information and understand the crucial role unconscious computations play in how we make decisions. The emerging theory enables a test of consciousness in animals, babies, and those with severe brain injuries.A joyous exploration of the mind and its thrilling complexities, Consciousness and the Brain will excite anyone who is interested in cutting-edge science and technology and the vast philosophical, personal, and ethical implications of finally quantifying consciousness.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book for advanced readers

Would you listen to Consciousness and the Brain again? Why?

Parts of it I did indeed listen to.


What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

Competent, clear, with some odd pronunciations that could have been looked up in dictionaries.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The stories about people in weird states of consciousness being brought back to the aware world.


Any additional comments?

The author has definitely identified where in the brain the experience of consciousness takes place, and explains well why most of what our brain does is unconscious. His global workspace theory is well explained, too. His only big mistake is that he dislikes qualia. (These are the raw "feelings" of an experience, like trying to explain what "green" is, or a bat trying to explain his perceptions when his sonar lets him zero in on insects and avoid hazards.) But qualia are real, and his denigration of them near the end of the book is disappointing.

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- Jim

Phenomenal

I simply cannot believe that we're all living without knowing the information presented in this book. It's a life changing experience that will make you see things very differently.

I struggled to finish this book because the author is simply bursting knowledge in each phrase. The information is so dense that you will forget what you've just learned 5 minutes ago.

The narrator is robotic and has a disturbing fake tone that sounds like a news guy from the 1930s.

I will read this book again and again.
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- Renan Cakirerk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio