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The Brain: The Story of You

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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 chang ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Pantheon (first published October 2015)
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Amir Tesla
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: neuroscience
This book takes you to limbo. The materials, hypotheses and theories provided leaves you wondering and wondering.

Could you imagine hearing through your tongue or seeing with your ears? This sentence wasn't a hypothesis or theory, it was fact being already performed on real humans.

Now could you imagine capturing the map of your brain, transferring it to other body or even a computer. Namely, do you think your conscious mind could ever exist on a computer? Well it's true in theory and is being a
Britta Böhler
For those who read books about the brain, Eagleman's book might be a bit too 'basic', only scratching the surface of neuroscience. But if you are looking for a well written & accessible introduction into 'the workings of the brain', this is definitely a great book to start with.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it

Eagleman is quite an entertaining and passionate educator/writer/neuroscientist. His book The Brain: The Story of You is a fun and informative cursory exploration into the 'science' of who we are as intelligent, social, complex, and conscientious beings - well, most of anyway. I guess you could say, in a cheeky pun sort of way, it's a user-friendly synopsis of our synapses.

"Although the neuroscience is new, the institution has a long history. The ancient Greeks suggested that we should think o
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't learn a single new thing about the brain in this book -- but that's not a criticism.

It simply means I've been reading a lot of brain books in recent years (and writing articles about the research), so I was eager to see how one of my favorite neuroscientists, David Eagleman, did on this companion book to his PBS series.

He did quite well, thank you. He covered gracefully and without numbing detail the waterfront of much recent research -- how the brain consists of competing networks, how
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: neuroscience
Good introduction to the brain for people with no knowledge of science or neuroscience. I was hoping for something a little more in depth.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The strange computational material in our skulls is the perceptual machinery by which we navigate the world, the stuff from which decisions arise, the material from which imagination is forged. Our dreams and our waking lives emerge from its billions of zapping cells"

A fun, entertaining and enlightening book, in which, David Eagleman introduces us to the fast growing brain science, exploring some of the brain wonders and sometimes it seems even like science fiction what that mysterious jelly ma
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: neuroscience
The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman

“The Brain" is an excellent companion piece to the six-part PBS series of the same title. Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman, educates and fascinates the general public with a wonderful popular-science examination of our brains. This captivating 224-page book includes the following six chapters: 1. Who am I?, 2. What is reality?, 3. Who’s in control?,4. How do I decide?, 5. Do I need you?, and 6. Who will we be?.

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Nelson Zagalo
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
"O Cosmos do Nosso Interior”, assim se poderia chamar “The Brain: The Story of You” (2015), porque assume proximidade com a série “Cosmos”, desde logo por surgir como série (6 episódios), seguindo-se como livro, e ainda por contar com um cientista que, à semelhança de Carl Sagan, é também um brilhante comunicador. Não fosse tudo isto suficiente, acaba por ser ainda mais relevante o facto de se dedicar a dissecar um mundo de factos e conhecimentos que nos permite ganhar noção daquilo que somos, m ...more
Nicole Anne
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
The cover of this book is beautiful - and the pages are that thick, heavy sort that just scream quality. Yet what was written on them I found to be a little lacking. Eagleman clearly has a lot of passion for neurobiology and psychology, and references quite a few of his own experiments and what he learned from it. The passages on artificial intelligence were interesting and thought provoking, and the parts on empathy and the need for social interaction were not bad either. It touched quite a sur ...more
Brian Gordon
May 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
As a preface I have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and study how the brain works as my job. Seeing positive reviews I thought this would be an interest book to read. After starting this book the first thing I have to say is, "wow." Not as in "wow that booked blew me away" but more "wow, I guess once you have media connections you can publish any piece of trash."

I understand the need to write a book for a lay audience, I really do. The unfortunate part is that much of what Eagleman presents in
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nöroloji ve genel olarak beyin çalışmalarına ilgi duyanlar
Bu kitap Düşüncenin Kökeni - Beynimiz Nasıl Çalışır?, ve Cennetin Ejderleri kitaplarıyla birlikte okunmalı diye düşünüyorum. Daha önceden kitapta bahsi geçen The Brain isimli belgeseli de izlemiştim. Okumak şimdiye nasip oldu.

Kitabın, yukarıda bahsi geçen "Düşüncenin Kökeni" kitabında eleştirdiği "Nöron merkezli nöroloji" algısına uygun olarak yazıldığını söyleyebiliriz. Eğer Düşüncenin Kökeni'nin yazarı yanılmıyorsa, bu tip çalışmalar son yirmi yıldır "modası geçmiş" olarak tanımlanıyorlar.

Sara Walker
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: neuro, favorites
کتاب، در نوع خودش، یعنی معرفی مقدماتی به هدف ترویج علم، یک نمونهی واقعاً موفق بود. خواننده رو به نورولوژی به شدت علاقهمند میکنه، ضمن این که وارد جزئیات تخصصی نمیشه. خیلی لذت بردم. ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Read as Дэвид Иглмен - Мозг: Ваша личная история.
В результате у них сформировалось «неизбирательное дружелюбие».
Нельсон рассказывает, что, когда он вошел в комнату, его окружили маленькие дети, совершенно незнакомые, – и все хотели забраться ему на руки, сесть на колени или взять за руку и пойти гулять. Такое неизбирательное поведение на первый взгляд выглядит очень милым, но это лишь стратегия выживания брошенных детей, за которой неизбежно следуют проблемы долговременной привязанности. Так
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you haven’t read anything else about the human brain and how it works, you’ll probably find this interesting. It covers the usual points: a lot of interesting stuff about the way our brains work and the way they perceive the world. And it’s definitely presented in a readable, easy to understand fashion; I think it’d definitely be suitable for a layperson.

For me, however, it got boring pretty fast because I know this stuff. It’s hardly even revision for me – this is stuff I just know. I had th
Keshav Bhatt
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book helped me appreciate the neuroscience behind how much of our mindset, perspective and identity is simply a matter of neural wiring. Who we are is a result of where we have been, and the story we create of ourselves based on our previous experiences. And it is exactly that. A story. Too often we do not see what is really happening, but a projection tainted by old ideas and memories. We see things as we are, not as they actually are. I knew this truth to self evident already but through ...more
Gökhan Şans
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beatifully writing.
Çok güzel.
Misba Misba
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
কোনটিকে বলা যায় আমার পরিচয়? নাম তো অবশযই না। শরীর? মসতিষক? হৃৎপিণড?
উততর – কোনটিই না।
অদভুত! এমনকি মসতিসককেও বলা যায় না আমার পরিচয়ের ধারক!
পরতিনিয়ত পরিবরতিত হচছে আমাদের পরতিটি কোষ।
কিনতু মজার বযাপার হচছে বেশি মসতিষকে। নতুন নিউরন তৈরি না হলেও মসতিসকের ইলেকটরো-কযামিকযাল পালস-এর পযাটারন সব সময় একরকম না। ৫ বছর বয়সে মানুষের মসতিষকের ইলেকটরো-কযমিকযাল পযাটারন, ৬ বছর বয়সেই আর একরকম থাকবে না। কারণ, ততদিনে সে মসতিসক পার করেছে আরো ৩৬৫ দিন। আরো নতুন অভিজঞতা, আরো নতুন নতুন জঞান, হয়তো আরও কিছু বযারথতা, অগুনতি
Essam Munir
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: neuroscience
I consider this book as an introduction to the field of neuroscience, or something to be taught in schools. I wish I could have read this book some years ago when I started reading about the brain, as it would be the best introduction.
The narrative, as always, is interesting and warm and listening to this book narrated by Eagleman himself made it a better experience.
If you're looking for something new, then this book is not for you. But if you want to refresh your knowledge about the brain, then
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, for-college
3.5 stars.

Read for my physiological psychology class, not going to review.
Христо Блажев
Мозъкът е всичко, което сме:

Всички преживявания във вашия живот – от единичните разговори до общата ви култура – моделират микроскопичните детайли на вашия мозък. От невронна гледна точка кой сте вие зависи от това къде сте били. Вашият мозък е в процес на неспирна метаморфоза, той постоянно пренаписва собствените си схеми, а понеже преживяванията ви са уникални, такива са и огромните, подробни конфигурации в невронните ви мрежи. Тъй като те продължават д
Peter Mcloughlin
Definitely, the readers digest version of neuroscience but picks up some of the big findings and mention them. But it doesn't dig deep. This is an intro to the subject and a short book. A good start but one probably will want more after reading this. Not bad for such a short book though.
Hitessh Panchal
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's The User's Guide of the most important organ of your body, which explains every question you had in mind. Many things were ambiguous, but then over all it was fun reading it.

Nick Davies
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Clearly a tie-in to a TV series I didn't actually see, this was an interesting whistle-stop tour of various aspects of neuroscience and psychology, packed to bursting points with illustrative examples. The general level at which it was pitched was OK for me - I would've appreciated a little more scientific depth in places, but keeping it relatively approachable for the non-scientist made for a quick and quirky read. Though there were several parts which I'd read about in greater depth before (as ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Ha! My Science Book Club picked this (mostly because I suggested it and they're too lazy to come up with other ideas!) Maybe telling the gang that this book was short got it picked. And it IS short. Just over 200 pages of large print on small pages. But what an interesting 200 pages it was! Filled with anecdotes that illustrate the points the author was making, I learned so many cool things about the brain as I zipped through this book in three days (that's fast for me). It's told in a breezy, p ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book, full of interesting details about the brain. I was familiar with some of the information and stories but this did not detract. It's a great introduction into how the brain works and although I've previously read a number of books and articles on the subject, I did not find this one too basic.

It is a short book, so you can breeze through it fairly quickly, but I found that many of the topics and stories were so interesting I wanted more detail than the author provided
Mehmet Zeki
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yoan Zapryanov
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Страхотна книга, от която има странични ефекти: освен, че се чувствам по-малоумен от обикновено, в главата ми бушува и философско-екзистенциална криза.

P.S. Минус точки за коректорите на "Сиела", които този път страшно са се изложили.
Izabela Mizia
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Ciekawe informacje przedstawione za pomocą wykresów i opisów szeregu doświadczeń na temat działania ludzkiego umysłu. Między innymi o tym, jaki wpływ mają połączenia neuronowe na nasze "Ja" i czy na pewno rzeczywistość jest taka, jak ją postrzegamy. Prosta, lekka, dobra ma początek. Spełnia swoje zadanie - zachęca do szerszego zgłębienia tematu.
Tom Reeves
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent introduction to neuroscience. It keeps things fairly straight-forward and understandable throughout, using relatable examples to explain itself. I was amazed on many pages and have been left itching for more knowledge.

This is only an introduction really and speaks a little about many different functions of the brain without going too deep on any.

The book is laid out quite nicely, being comprised of many bite-size chunks of information.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Дейвид Игълман е американец, изследовател в областта на невронауките и преподавател в университета Станфорд. Изглежда, една от задачите, които си е поставил е да разпространява на достъпен и разбираем език, чрез филмите, които подготвя и книгите, на които е автор, знания за това как работи мозъка и каква е връзката между нашите личности, нашия социален живот и работата на нашия мозък. Той е автор на няколко книги по темата и водещ на серия от 6 предавания, посветени на работата на мозъка. Книгат ...more
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David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, a New York Times bestselling author, and a Guggenheim Fellow. During the day he runs a neuroscience research laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. At night he writes. His books have been translated into 23 languages.
“You don’t perceive objects as they are. You perceive them as you are. Each” 9 likes
“What if I told you that the world around you, with its rich colors, textures, sounds, and scents is an illusion, a show put on for you by your brain? If you could perceive reality as it is, you would be shocked by its colorless, odorless, tasteless silence. Outside your brain, there is just energy and matter.” 8 likes
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