A Book Described In Laymen Terms
David Eagleman is a worldwide renowned neuroscientist and he did a great job of finding the right words for the ‘Inside The brain’ for a world audience.
This captivating 224-page book includes the following six chapters: 1. Who am I? 2. What is reality? 3. Who’s in control? 4. How do I decide? 5. Do I need you? and 6. Who will we be?.
First of all, it’s an enlightening book! Have you ever wondered what are the root causes of your thoughts? Why do we behave the way we behave? It all boils down to the 2 pounds of an organ inside the darkness of our skull which is the brain.
First of all, it’s an enlightening book! Have you ever wondered what are the root causes of your thoughts? Why do we behave the way we behave? It all boils down to the 2 pounds of an organ inside the darkness of our skull which is the brain. David Eagleman takes us on a fantastic journey inside the mystery of our brain. He makes us question whether the reality which we perceive is a reality or is it a construct of our brain, the millions of neurons that are interacting with each other.
What I found most interesting is about the points made within the book regarding the potential for media outlets and propaganda to dehumanize people in the eyes of others were both scary and important for us to all understand.
The research that I found most interesting, and had not been exposed to before, was in the chapter exploring socialization. The author explains that learning to be empathetic is all about mirroring someone. When we interact with other people, we reflect on their facial expressions to let our brains know what they’re thinking and feeling. Science has therefore found that this is one reason that married couples often end up looking like at the end of their time together. Because years of mirroring each other’s facial expressions shape their appearance, even resulting in similar wrinkle patterns. Wow?!
The key take-home message was that everything each experiences forms who you are. Experiences trigger reactions in your brain and this leaves a lasting mark on your personality, which then shapes your brain’s perception of the world. This is a must-read for anyone interested in knowing how their behaviors, personalities, etc are influenced. A paradigm-shifting book that leaves you with lots of points for discussions and own personal reflection.
Few Interesting Points From The Book:
“Instead of reality being passively recorded by the brain, it is actively constructed by it.”
“We believe we’re seeing the world just fine until it’s called to our attention that we’re not.”
“You’re not perceiving what’s out there. You’re perceiving whatever your brain tells you.”
“Vision is more than looking.”
“As Carl Jung put it, “In each of us there is another whom we do not know.” As Pink Floyd sang, “There’s someone in my head, but it’s not me.”
“If you ever feel lazy or dull, take heart: you’re the busiest, brightest thing on the planet.”
“Just like a good drama, the human brain runs on conflict.”
“seeing has very little to do with your eyes.”
“The majority of human beings live their whole lives unaware that they are only seeing a limited cone of vision at any moment.”
“consciousness is the smallest player in the operations of the brain.”
“The brain runs its show incognito.”
“Because vision appears so effortless, we are like fish challenged to understand water.”
“One of the most impressive features of brains—and especially human brains—is the flexibility to learn almost any kind of task that comes its way.”
“When the men were choosing the most attractive women, they didn’t know that the choice was not theirs, really,”
“Just give the brain the information and it will figure it out.”
“As we develop better technologies for probing the brain, we detect more problems.”
“The illusion-of-truth effect highlights the potential danger for people who are repeatedly exposed to the same religious edicts or political slogans.”
“People tend to love reflections of themselves in others.”
“Education plays a key role in preventing genocide.”
“your psychology has evolved to solve social problems such as detecting cheaters—but not to be smart and logical in general.”
“The things we do rapidly, efficiently, and unconsciously are so difficult to model that they remain unsolved problems.”