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  • Livewired

  • The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain
  • Written by: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Livewired

Written by: David Eagleman
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How can a blind person learn to see with her tongue or a deaf person learn to hear with his skin? What does a baby born without a nose tell us about our sensory machinery? Might we someday control a robot with our thoughts? And what does any of this have to do with why we dream?

The answers to these questions are not right in front of our eyes; they're right behind our eyes.

This book is not simply about what the brain is but what it does. Covering decades of research to the present day, Livewired also presents new findings from Eagleman's own research, including new discoveries in synaesthesia, dreaming and wearable neurotech devices that revolutionise how we think about the senses.

©2020 David Eagleman (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

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Thought provoking

Livewired brings out some very thought provoking ideas on how brain works and impacts many things around us which we see happening but are not able to comprehend

It also presents a future which can be based on learning from how brain works like intelligent or Livewired machines

The narrative does get a bit technical at times but overall highly recommended listen

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A Must Read! A change of perspective

Glad, I found this book. It changed my perspective on so many things about the brain, and the way it thinks and operates.

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Brain presented as popular science

Wonderfully written and good narration by David Eagleman. I found this compelling after reading an earlier book , The Brain - inside story of you, by the same author

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This is a very worthy read. Brilliant narration.

Alters so many perspectives on how the brain functions and how it is always adapting.

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New Definition of Our Brain: LiveWired LiveWare!

David Eagleman, with his encyclopedic knowledge & wisdom discovers the brain as LiveWare which is LiveWired to thrive in the environment wherever it lands, whether the Earth or any of the Goldilocks' Planet or Satellite in the Universe, or Multiverse, for that matter.

With his eclectic knowledge & wisdom, he regales the reader/audience while revealing newly discovered facts about our brain! He passionately believes in what he preaches and prophesies that the future systems, societies, etc etc need to be built on the principles of LiveWired LiveWare, our brains!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-21

Great aspiration for AI engineers and researcher

This is a book that aspired me a lot to reshape my brain for my personal thoughts and also to design a deep metric learning system that I develop in my job. Do not only listen it just to finish or just to memorize what it tells. Let your brain get the input and recreate new ideas out of it. Just turn back and listen if you lose yourself in the thoughts. But let your brain digest the information and adapt your information with the new input. Let it rewire.
Thank you Mr. Eagleman.

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  • Valente Souza
  • 01-02-21

Fascinating

To know how we know, Eagleman brings to understanding the beauty of evolution in creating minds and ours as well

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  • michael kwong
  • 31-10-20

excellent in content and reading

I like it very much because it talks about lots of things and cases which I did not know about

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  • Roger D.
  • 08-11-20

There are some good bits but overall very labored

Some good points are made but I felt like I was being talked to as if I were really, really stupid. I had to listen at 2x speed and even then it each point was slowly developed. Maybe I'm a genius (I'm open to that hypothesis) or maybe I'm not in the target market.

It was all save by the last paragraph where he points out our interbeing nature. If that had been applied throughout the book (rather than the conventional pop science neo-liberal, individualiat world view where share prices are always given as an example) it would having been more interesting. e.g. do neurons in the visual areas get out competed by others when robbed of stimuli or do they cooperate with others that need their computing power? Either way to describe the phenomena is politically loaded and a product of culture.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-21

Excellent

learnt a lot about the brain and neurons and many other things in an easy to understand way. Everyone should read it and understand why even someone with half a brain missing can still function as normal. Thank you David Eagleman for writing this book and making it easily available to the normal person - no jargon of complicated medical terms....Brilliant highly recomended....please write more books on this matter with real life stories......once again thank you

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  • SteveN
  • 05-03-21

Amazing!

Another amazing publication by David Eagleman, this book build brilliantly on his last Incognito, both of which provide insight into the new brain model.

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  • Simon Fernandez
  • 17-11-20

Aimed at the pop level. Very interesting.

Aimed at the pop level. I like more scientific details. Filled w/ fascinating facts. Unleaded petrol!!? Wow!

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  • Alex
  • 14-09-20

Enriching experience

Writing was good, performance was good, overall a good insider view of how marvellous our brain mechanism is and how little and limited we are, despite having an amazing progress in the scientific world.
Nature has much to teach us!
You will feel richer by "reading" this book!

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  • Koroush Valiseh
  • 17-06-21

deep dive inside human mind

it is very relevant to our evolution as a human every single content of this book. How to shape the future has alot to do with how we think from design all the way to fundmental of building blocks of our world. Future is already here all we have to do learn how to use it.

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  • Rozhana A
  • 13-03-21

fantastic

this should be a standard book for everyone to read. thank you so much david and team!

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  • Iwona
  • 14-01-21

Great book

I really enjoyed the book, couldn't put it down until I got to the end. Interesting, engaging and easy to follow - it made me want to delve deeper into the subject. The author reading it made the experience even better, I think.

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  • Jack Butler
  • 11-06-22

Great listen

For someone like myself who wants to always question why things happen this is a great book and really insightful

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  • Leigh
  • 22-03-22

Makes neuroscience totally accessible

Thanks again David Eagleman. This book is so insightful, exciting and inspiring.
Easy to listen to and beautifully narrated.
A great read if you’re interested in the mind.

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  • Luke
  • 22-09-20

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It was fascinating and followed most of it but because some of it to me personally was a bit dry, only a tiny bit, I gave it 4/5 overall.
I really enjoy learning about human evolution and physiology and understanding how I can use the tools I naturally have to better myself.
can't wait to see what David Eagleman writes next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-20

Meh

This book is mostly a pop science regurgitation of "The Brain That Changes Itself" so if you have read that one skip this one. As for the performance from David, I found him exhausting! He seems to emphasise every sentence as if it's the most important point. Did not enjoy this book. I pushed through because I wanted to get through 1 more book before the end of the year. Meh

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-21

Just Awesome

I love neuroscience and do appreciate the way that David Eagleman explains pretty complex concepts very interesting and easy to understand. This book was amazing. I listened to it twice so far!

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  • Garth van Vliet
  • 23-10-20

awe inspiring

listened to over just a few days. spell binding. highly recommend for anyone interested in the human mind.

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  • Luke J. Stephens
  • 05-10-20

Accessible depth

Reading David's words is always a delight. Well articulated and accessible transfer of knowledge

Would highly recommend all his works no matter the medium as they give us a glimpse into how our minds work. There's no manual for life but out of a collection of books I'd want David's in the repertoire if there were such a tomb.