Eagleman shows how consciousness is just the ‘headline news’ of the deep processes of the brain, providing plenty of examples of how this is so. He talks about the ‘alien subroutines’ and ‘teams of rivals’ that make up the subconscious.

In the next to last chapter he talks about the idea of free will and its relation to what is being learned about the brain, and the question of culpability. It’s a nuanced presentation that I won’t try to summarize here, but in itself worth the price of the book.



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Metadata Info

  • Title: Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
  • Author: David Eagleman
  • Published: 2011
  • ISBN: 1847679382
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 4.0 stars