Incognito: The Secret Lives Of The Brain

Item Information
Item#: 9780143172437
Author Eagleman, David
Cover Paperback
On Hand 1
On Order 0
 


If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—is just the tip of the iceberg in the
ain, what is all the rest doing? In Incognito, neuroscientist David Eagleman plumbs the depths of the subconscious
ain to illuminate surprising questions: Why can your foot jump halfway to the
ake pedal before you are consciously aware of danger ahead? Why do strippers make more money at certain times of the month, although no one is consciously aware of their fertility level? Is there a true Mel Gibson? What do Odysseus and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? How is your
ain like a conflicted democracy engaged in civil war? Why are people whose name begins with J more likely to marry other people whose name begins with J? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Why did Supreme Court Justice William Douglas deny that he was paralyzed? This subsurface exploration includes diversions into
ain damage, drugs, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, the future of artificial intelligence, and visual illusions—all highlighting how our perception of the world is a hidden and awe-inspiring construction of the
ain.