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The Brain

The Story of You
Written by: David Eagleman
Narrated by: David Eagleman
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Science & Math
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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of how your life shapes your brain and how your brain shapes your life. Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, the brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity.

Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are 'you'? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?

In the course of his investigations, Eagleman guides us through the world of extreme sports, criminal justice, facial expressions, genocide, brain surgery, gut feelings, robotics, and the search for immortality.

Strap in for a whistle-stop tour into the inner cosmos. In the infinitely dense tangle of billions of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see in there: you.

©2015 Canongate Books (P)2015 Canongate Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • RM
  • 22-08-19

fascinating

the brain is a very lucid explanation of the hidden Dynamics of our brains as well as the latest research happening in neuroscience.

at the end the author takes us through the possibilities, and challenges on questions on conciousness and whether it can be simulated on an inorganic brain.

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Very refreshing journey into the mind

I will recommend this book to anyone who wishes to undergo a nuanced journey into the working of the human brain.
If you have read such books before...like I had...then try to read the last chapter of the book...which is no doubt mind blowing.
I have read such books before therefore...had an moderate knack but the last chapter really was awesome.
overall narration makes or breaks the contents of the book. the writer / narrator has done a great job.
I just hope Derek Perkins could have read it. he would have made it phenomenal.

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You learn so much

Must appreciate that the book made Complicated neuroscience so easy to understand and interesting too.

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Fantastic expedition on brain & future technology

Just could not put it down
The biology, science and future of brain
Imagine uploading our consciousness digitally..

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Outstanding...

excellent book... a must read book.... a peek into the intriguing brain... want to explore more from David Eagle man

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I cannot get enough of it!

I've been listening to this book like a possessed woman. If I could eat it to imbibe the text better, I would.

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Complicated subject made simpler

Loved the way author narrates the entire chapters of human brain neural networks. Every chapter creates curiosity into the listener to explore and unwire human brain functionality.. Truly amazing...

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wonder information

unparallel and fresh source of integrated information . Highly thought provoking, full of optimism and sequential imagination

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Unique insight

Definitely provided an unique insight and perspective . Easy to comprehend- Author has brought out the concept of understanding our brain in very simple way.

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A Must book for all

No less than a Hollywood thrilling story but full of facts about brain functioning and how human experiences are created within our brain.. This book provides best explanation to every conversation humans have within and outside of it fully supported by research experiments..it is so captivating I could finish book in 2 days. A must book for all those yearning to discover the world within...

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  • VAIBHAV ARORA
  • 25-03-20

Must read

It stands amongst the likes of “Thinking Fast and Slow” and “Sapiens” that must be read by each individual on Earth. I now want to watch the PBS tv series, “Brain with Dr David Eagleman” and then order and read the book to completely absorb the amazing content.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-19

Love it!!

It's so easy to understand, jet you know its merely the beginning of the studies on the brain, is awesome

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  • Lilian
  • 18-09-18

Very good indeed.

Up dated information very well explained with a contagious enthusiasm. I would listen to it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-17

5 star

A fantastic journey, we should spread this knowledge as far as possible to reduce the ignorance and violence

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-16

Amazing

Brain science is extremely interesting and important. You will learn something about the reality her. I promise.

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  • Alan Mellerick
  • 24-03-16

Excellent summary of neurology for the layman.

I really enjoyed this book. The author delivers exactly what he promised; a high level review of this fascinating science that touches biology, physics and philosophy without going too far down any particular rabbit holes.

He does repeat himself just s little, now and again, and sometimes he labours a point when I wish he would spend more time on something like consciousness, but in just 5 hours of listening he delivers plenty of food for thought, and springboards to go diving off into related topics.

The performance is enthusiastic without taking itself too seriously, and holds your interest all the way along.

A good one - recommended.

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  • Oktay
  • 03-03-16

The book I was looking for

This book opens the blinds of a luminous window. You get to see all the wonderful things about your brain and what it can do. The book also raises questions that encourage you to think. This is the book you are looking for.

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  • Ilkka
  • 26-02-16

Between fascinating and superficial

What made the experience of listening to The Brain the most enjoyable?

The stories about people with some sort of brain malfunction or the reported psychological tests gave insight into how our minds work as an individual, within a group or between groups. The speculations about future brain-environment interactions, artifical intelligences and transhumanism were one of the best parts of this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

From stupid molecules to cosmic consciousness.

Any additional comments?

For most parts, the book felt like a list of different kinds of brain phenomenon with superficial explanations on them. I was already aware of many of the topics in this book, so I didn't get as much new information as someone else might get. Still, this audiobook worked nicely as a catalyst for thinking about brains and minds while taking walks.

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  • Dom
  • 14-01-16

Couldn't stop listening

Very interesting book for someone with no background on the brain. Kept me interested throughout and never got lost.

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  • Kerry
  • 27-04-16

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Had my mind blown 2 or 3 times, each and every car journey. Your brain is absolutely incredible and the author has managed to convey many of it's intricacies without losing you on the overly nerdy stuff. Fascinating!

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  • Richard
  • 02-10-16

Very good, but it can be quite a deep book.

I enjoyed this book. It is educational and helps you understand about how we think. It also gives you insight into how our brains work. It's not really a chill out book as you would probably expect. It did at times have me rewinding certain parts to understand what the author was trying to explain. None the less I was happy with my purchase and how the content was delivered. Therefore if you have a slight interest in how we think, and how our brain interprets the world. Then you may well enjoy this book.

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  • aky
  • 03-12-15

Excellent, but not quite as good as Incognito

Eagleman's earlier book, Incognito, was one of the first books cognitive science, so I found in absolutely enthralling. Perhaps because I've read other excellent books on the topic since then, I didn't find this as much of a game-changer in my understanding of how the mind works. I felt that some of the material was a repetition of his earlier book. That said, I still found this to be an excellent listen. There's enough new material to make it well worthwhile. Eagleman's writing style is very easy to follow; I think he strikes the right balance between academic and popular science writing. I'd give this book 5 out of 5, and my only real criticism is that I'd have given Incognito 6 out of 5 if I could have.

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  • Rex Ovire
  • 05-01-17

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Very well written and researched a great book for parents, teachers and professionals. Really awesome

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  • Luke
  • 31-12-16

Amazing!!

Want to be smarter? Read this book!

Good at getting you thinking, i saw in some reviews that the book drags on abit... But i gobbled this book up in two settings. Very impressed!

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  • Laszlo
  • 25-11-15

Thorough discussion but long-winded

A highly insightful book discussing the forefront scientific findings in the research of one of the most important keys to our future. David Eagleman has done a fabulous job at explaining very complex concepts using language perfectly understandable for laymen. A great introduction to this field. He js using his engaging, energetic personal style throughout the book. If only here was an abstract-like short version of the whole.

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  • Alex
  • 19-05-16

Truly thought provoking and insightful!

David does a great job of inspiring us to take care of our brain and redefine ourselves. Highly recommend!

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  • Angelicano
  • 25-02-16

Absolutely fascinating

What made the experience of listening to The Brain the most enjoyable?

I loved every single word of this. Fascinating beyond all expectation. Entirely accessible yet never feels dumbed down with a charismatic reading by the author, who clearly is deeply in love with his subject. I found the last chapter unexpectedly provocative, perplexing and exciting. What a book. I keep buying it as a gift for others. I also bought the printed version which has great pictures. Both great experiences. 10 stars.

What other book might you compare The Brain to, and why?

It works well if you read books by popular neuroscientists like Oliver Sacks.

Which character – as performed by David Eagleman – was your favourite?

Well, the author is the reaer and so is all the characters. And he is totally beguiling.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It thrilled me with wonderment from the very beginning.

Any additional comments?

This book is just an absolute thrill and pleasure. All human life is here. You will know yourself better.

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  • Uko
  • 26-02-17

Great read!

i am one who prefers biographies. This book however was eye opening into the workings of the human mind and illustrated with very practical examples. I was kept engaged throughout. A recommended read for everyone.

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  • Tanita
  • 22-06-16

favorite quote from the book

"It would take a zettabyte of computational capacity to run a simulation of the brain. That is the entire computational capacity of our planet right now."

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-18

From the perspective of an science undergrad.

Unfortunately a little basic and short, but still alright(listenable) content wise. Read very well though.

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  • Daniel
  • 10-07-18

A little basic

Not bad but a bit too introductory especially in the early chapters. Still have some interesting research findings shared in later chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-17

Fantastic... Sagan-esque.

Beautifully written, up to date and broad in scope. A fascinating gateway into neuroscience and philosophy of mind.

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  • Susan
  • 16-03-16

Engaging and fascinating material

This book opens up your mind about the brain, giving you a clearer understanding of our reality and and analyses everything from robotics to consciousness to our reality. Intriguing

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  • YOUTUBE CHICK
  • 05-05-20

very interesting

really interesting book. this was my first audiobook aswell. Opens your mind to so many interesting questions

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  • Haan
  • 17-04-20

On my highest recommended list

Well written. Engaging. Topics are thoroughly explored. Explains using examples and analogies that make it easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-19

Everyone should read this book and then share it with their friends!

This is one of the best and most well articulated and simplified to the general public and most important books I have ever read or heard, and everyone should read this book and then give it to their friends as everyone should know the science of our brains!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-19

brilliant book!!

simply brilliant book that in layman terms explain how do we think!! and why do we think...

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  • Jordan
  • 09-09-19

thought provoking and compounding

great at exploring complex ideas with simple explanation. really made me think about a lot of things and has made me excited about further research of the human brain