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The Brain: The Story of You

de David Eagleman

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"Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious 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. This is the story of how your life shapes your brain, and how your brain shapes your life. (A companion to the six-part PBS series. Color illustrations throughout.)"-- "The dramatic story of the brain's role in creating our world, our experience of it, and ourselves; the basis for a PBS television series by the bestselling David Eagleman. How does a three pound mass of biological matter locked in the dark, silent fortress of the skull produce the extraordinary multi-sensory experience that comprises us, while also constructing reality and guiding us through the endless need to make decisions and determine our judgments and into a future that we are convinced we are shaping? David Eagleman compares the brain to a cityscape with different neighborhoods where neural networks vie for supremacy and determine our behavior in ways we are not always aware or in control of. At the same time, he suggests that the brain works as a storyteller--creating a narrative that allows us to navigate and make sense of a world that it is busy constructing for us"--… (mais)
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This really was a fascinating journey through the human brain, what it means to be human, and what it means to be sentient. I loved the way the author considered what we have and what we might be able to achieve, and what that might mean for us. Such a huge amount of information, well considered and clearly set out. It was also great to hear how enthusiastic the author was about the subject in his reading of it.

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  TCLinrow | Mar 17, 2021 |
This really was a fascinating journey through the human brain, what it means to be human, and what it means to be sentient. I loved the way the author considered what we have and what we might be able to achieve, and what that might mean for us. Such a huge amount of information, well considered and clearly set out. It was also great to hear how enthusiastic the author was about the subject in his reading of it.

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  TCLinrow | Mar 17, 2021 |

Here’s another interesting book about a fundamental topic that should interest every person out there. Why? Because we all have brains, and knowing how it works, its potencial, its many quirks and limitations, can prove useful to better understand our own potentials and become more accepting of our many perceived flaws.

If you are familiar with the topic, this book problably won’t bring you any new knowledge or radically change the way you view your world or how you understand your own mind.

But if you’re looking for a good introductory book on this subject, David Eagleman’s The Brain: The Story of You will certainly surprise you and, in a akward way*, delight you, for it is well written, very engaging, and clear in its many explanations, making a hard subject matter into a very compelling narrative.

For all this, and for whatever else it provides, this book, as others by the same author, is definitely worth reading.

*Knowing how weird our brains are, how complicated and complex is its functioning, and, consequently, how weird, complicated and complex we are can be baffling at first. But as you move on, the existential angst this might provoke will naturally subside. ( )
1 vote adsicuidade | Sep 8, 2018 |
I like this book a lot, and I am not a neuroscientist. Would a neuroscientist have issues with this book? Maybe, as some reviews seem to indicate. However, for the lay person, and i am one, this book does provide an excellent insight into the powers of the brain. It is a marvelous bit of our anatomy and, when you read this book, you realise how much science and philosophy and mystical insight go hand in hand.

For all the research that is out there, there are marvels that will always be there to be explored. The fact that the brain needs social interaction to grow, is fascinating.

The book is eminently readable, and for those who wish to go deeper, it is an excellent introduction. Now the question is - do we want to recreate a model of the brain? To what end? I would recommend that, for those who wish to do so, and play God, that they read the Creation Hymn of 'The Rg Veda' ( )
  RajivC | Apr 17, 2018 |
Very accessible and interesting campanion book to the tv series. ( )
  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
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"Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious 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. This is the story of how your life shapes your brain, and how your brain shapes your life. (A companion to the six-part PBS series. Color illustrations throughout.)"-- "The dramatic story of the brain's role in creating our world, our experience of it, and ourselves; the basis for a PBS television series by the bestselling David Eagleman. How does a three pound mass of biological matter locked in the dark, silent fortress of the skull produce the extraordinary multi-sensory experience that comprises us, while also constructing reality and guiding us through the endless need to make decisions and determine our judgments and into a future that we are convinced we are shaping? David Eagleman compares the brain to a cityscape with different neighborhoods where neural networks vie for supremacy and determine our behavior in ways we are not always aware or in control of. At the same time, he suggests that the brain works as a storyteller--creating a narrative that allows us to navigate and make sense of a world that it is busy constructing for us"--

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