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Publisher's Summary

Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you're consciously aware of danger? Why do you notice when your name is mentioned in a conversation that you didn't think you were listening to? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate these surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synaesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence and visual illusions.
©2012 David Eagleman (P)2012 Canongate Books
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Critic Reviews

“Eagleman has a talent for testing the untestable, for taking seemingly sophomoric notions and using them to nail down the slippery stuff of consciousness.” (The New Yorker)
“A fun read by a smart person for smart people…it will attract a new generation to ponder their inner workings.” (New Scientist)
“Your mind is an elaborate trick, and mastermind David Eagleman explains how the trick works with great lucidity and amazement. Your mind will thank you.” (Kevin Kelly, Wired Magazine)
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By serrosko on 02-02-18

great book !

great book ! changed my point of view to humans ;) as a fashion designer i found everything clear & understandable.

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By Mariana Valdez on 06-01-17

Absolutely loved it!

I'm obsessed with David Eagleman! He's brilliant and entertaining. This book changed my perspective on the brain and on life in general. Must read!

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By Trisha on 12-05-13

Not for experts

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoyed the book but I have never studied neuroscience or psychology to any degree. I suspect it would be familiar ground for someone with an extensive interest in the area but it's quite good for someone with a more casual interest.

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By Marc on 12-24-12

fascinating

fascinating insight into the human mind/spirit. I can not recommend this enough: it's intriguing, thrilling and informative... brilliant.

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By Grant Phillips on 03-11-17

The brain is like magic

Great book.

Makes me appreciate some things I do on auto pilot. Like driving some times, and then realising that I have arrived at my destination without consciously remembering how I drive there.

And playing sports, just let your inner self take over, and think less.

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By Jack on 03-08-17

Lots of anecdotes, not a lot of substance

Still a good book, but it pales in comparison to 'the brain' by the same author.

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