Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Secret Lives of the Brain

A multiple source ~ YouTube, The Guardian, WSJ, Wikipedia and Eagleman's own website ~ mashup on an intriguing topic, being incognito even from ourselves, How very flânerie-apropos... to stroll not just the streets exploring levels above and below but to explore the mind as well, la vraie chambre double

ForaTv just uploaded a video:

Complete video at:; audio clip from book, 

David Eagleman, neuroscientist and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (something less than a rave review from The Guardian), discusses the relatively minor role that the conscious mind plays in comparison to the rest of the brain. "The conscious part is like a stowaway on a transatlantic steamship that's taking credit for the whole journey without acknowledging the engineering underfoot," he says.

As neuroscientists are learning more and more about our body's hidden frontier, we have gained fleeting insights into our own intuition, habits and seemingly unexplainable preferences. Can we solve those mysteries by creating a complete computer model of our brain? Or, is the brain an unsolvable puzzle? Two leading neuroscientists discuss these question and more as we look into the neurology of the brain. 

David Eagleman's previous book, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, was a delightful collection of short fables, each offering a wish-fulfillment image of life after death in which the wish turns out to contain its own perverse consequences. The fable principle was grounded in a nicely ironic psychology, subtly underpinned by Eagleman's own profession, neuroscience. Using fiction, Eagleman found a neat way of revealing how the mind cannot escape the contradictions of its underlying construction.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a fiction ... More

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