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How can a blind person learn to see with her tongue or a deaf person learn to hear with his skin? What does a baby born without a nose tell us about our sensory machinery? Might we someday control a robot with our thoughts? And what does any of this have to do with why we dream?

The answers to these questions are not right in front of our eyes; they're right behind our eyes.

This book is not simply about what the brain is but what it does. Covering decades of research to the present day, Livewired also presents new findings from Eagleman's own research, including new discoveries in synaesthesia, dreaming and wearable neurotech devices that revolutionise how we think about the senses.

©2020 David Eagleman (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

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There are some good bits but overall very labored

Some good points are made but I felt like I was being talked to as if I were really, really stupid. I had to listen at 2x speed and even then it each point was slowly developed. Maybe I'm a genius (I'm open to that hypothesis) or maybe I'm not in the target market. It was all save by the last paragraph where he points out our interbeing nature. If that had been applied throughout the book (rather than the conventional pop science neo-liberal, individualiat world view where share prices are always given as an example) it would having been more interesting. e.g. do neurons in the visual areas get out competed by others when robbed of stimuli or do they cooperate with others that need their computing power? Either way to describe the phenomena is politically loaded and a product of culture.

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Aimed at the pop level. Very interesting.

Aimed at the pop level. I like more scientific details. Filled w/ fascinating facts. Unleaded petrol!!? Wow!

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Enriching experience

Writing was good, performance was good, overall a good insider view of how marvellous our brain mechanism is and how little and limited we are, despite having an amazing progress in the scientific world. Nature has much to teach us! You will feel richer by "reading" this book!

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  • michael kwong
  • 31-10-20

excellent in content and reading

I like it very much because it talks about lots of things and cases which I did not know about