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    DescriptionIf the conscious mind--the part you consider to be you--is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing? In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Is there a true Mel Gibson? How is your brain like a conflicted democracy engaged in civil war? What do Odysseus and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Why are people whose names begin with J more like to marry other people whose names begin with J? And why is it so difficult to keep a secret? Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, "Incognito" is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

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    The Secret Lives of the Brain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David M Eagleman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 290
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9780307389923
    ISBN 10: 0307389928

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.3
    BISAC V2.8: LAW026000
    BIC subject category V2: JMR, JMM
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    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Approval Code: A60750000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25340
    BIC subject category V2: PSAN
    BISAC V2.8: SCI008000
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    BISAC V2.8: PSY020000
    Abridged Dewey: 153
    B&T Approval Code: A50890000
    DC22: 154.2
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    BISAC V2.8: PSY008000
    DC21: 154.2
    BISAC V2.8: SCI089000
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    LC classification: BF315 .E25 2012
    Thema V1.0: JMR, JMM, PSAN
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    15 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action as well as the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. His scientific research has been published in journals from "Science" to "Nature," and his neuroscience books include "Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia," "Why the Net Matters," and the forthcoming "Live-Wired." He is also the author of the internationally best-selling book of fiction "Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives."
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    A "Boston Globe" Best Book of the Year "Original and provocative. . . . A smart, captivating book that will give you a prefrontal workout." --"Nature" "A popularizer of impressive gusto . . . [Eagleman] aims, grandly, to do for the study of the mind what Copernicus did for the study of the stars. . . . "Incognito" proposes a grand new account of the relationship between consciousness and the brain. It is full of dazzling ideas, as it is chockablock with facts and instances." --"The New York Observer " "Eagleman engagingly sums up recent discoveries about the unconscious processes that dominate our mental life. . . . [He] is the kind of guy who really does make being a neuroscientist look like fun." --"The New York Times " "Although" Incognito" is fast-paced, mind-bending stuff, it's a book for regular folks. Eagleman does a brilliant job refining heavy science into a compelling read. He is a gifted writer." --"Houston Chronicle" "Eagleman has a talent for testing the untestable, for taking seemingly sophomoric notions and using them to nail down the slippery stuff of consciousness." --"The""New Yorker" ""Incognito" does the right thing by diving straight into the deep end and trying to swim. Eagleman, by imagining the future so vividly, puts into relief just how challenging neuroscience is, and will be." --"The Boston Globe" "Appealing and persuasive." --"The Wall Street Journal" "Your mind is an elaborate trick, and mastermind David Eagleman explains how the trick works with great lucidity and amazement. Your mind will thank you." --"Wired" "A fun read by a smart person for smart people. . . . It will attract a new generation to ponder their inner workings." --"New Scientist" "Fascinating. . . . Eagleman has the ability to turn hard science and jargon into interesting and relatable prose, illuminating the mind's processes with clever analogies and metap