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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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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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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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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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one time listen. nothing new.

I did not find it great, just average. maybe since I already listened to homo deus, this sounded like old stuff.

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Amazingly captivating!

Loved how all the thought experiments were beautifully stitched together.Must read for anyone amused by the things our brain can achieve with mere electrical impulses and splish splash of chemicals and hormones!

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A light and interesting summary of brain

The author has kept the narration crisp and to the point. II liked the way he has kept a section below 5 mins mostly.
It's a light and not heavy on technical content.
Easy to understand

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This is a must read if your a sentient being.

Amazing writing, based upon years of research. Really difficult to come across a book like this.

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A Wonderful Look Into Our Brains

A beautiful foray into the secrets of our brain, the 3 pound mass that thinks, makes us tick, takes us on a ride that's life.

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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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Makes you marvel

A book that opens your mind to the incredible genius that resides inside your head

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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

Content

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nadia
  • 21-01-19

informative

The book is an eye opener and a mind changer of how we perceive and appreciate our brain. loved it.
the last chapters talked too much about possibilities where I would have preferred more info and knowledge of actuals.

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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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  • 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

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  • ange
  • 24-07-19

Exceptional

Exception Book on so many levels. very educational. Worth the read. or listen to. :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-19

Great introduction

While listening to the obviously passionate writer I felt inspired to learn more about a subject I never thought I would be interested in. Infectious passion by David Eagleman great work. Thank you.