The Brain: The Story Of You (Hardcover) Book

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A three-pound mass of moist biological matter, the brain is locked away in the dark and silent fortress of the skull, yet somehow it produces the extraordinary multisensory experience that makes us who we are, every day of our lives. Just how it does this is revealed in David Eagleman’s fascinating new book, as he shows how the brain constructs reality and allows us to navigate the complex world of decision making. Eagleman also examines how the brain develops in each of us and speculates on the interface between the human brain and the machine, raising provocative questions about the possibility of scanning a working copy of the brain into a computer.

In the course of his investigations, Eagleman interviews extreme sports athletes, convicted criminals, genocide survivors, people with autism, and multidisciplinary experts from child psychologists to brain surgeons. He takes part in experiments that shine an important light onto the brain’s inner plasticity. And he explores the dark side of human behavior, as he comes to the realization that the best and worst of what humans do to one another can be understood through the prism of the brain. From empathy to genocide, neuroscience is vital to understanding human nature. Drawing on the latest discoveries in this field, Eagleman explains that the brain also has the power to change our world for the better; it can enhance our wellbeing, boost our cognitive skills, and even forge a more just society and, ultimately, a better future.

Filled with photographs of specially commissioned computer-generated images, as well as clear visualizations of scientific data, The Brain is a celebration of one of the most amazing stories on earth.

A companion to the six-part PBS series.

  • Author: David Eagleman
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • ISBN: 9781101870532
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  • Dimensions: 9.13 H x 6.00 W inches
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 256 Pages
  • Release Date: October 6, 2015


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