The Story of You
Opinion in short:
This is one of those books that opens your eyes to new ideas and possibilities. It’s an easy and accessible book to read, written by an expert with lay people in mind.
This one is different from the other brain books I’ve reviewed here. It’s a much more broad coverage of the brain in general – what it is, how it works, what we know and what the future of brain research might hold.
As far as strengths go:
- This is an inspirational book. It seems that there is almost a subtext aimed at pushing back the borders of our thinking – as if Eagleman wrote it to provoke us to think differently about our brain and ourselves.
- This is particularly the case in the forward-looking stuff towards the end of the book. The notion of being able, one day, to upload the “self” so that we might exist without the need for (or limitations of) a physical body. Amazing thought – and a bit scary!
- It’s clearly and accessibly written – no mind-boggling jargon to wade through, just simple, understandable language.
- Pictures! There’re some fascinating photos and diagrams in the book which really enhance the text and make things much clearer and easier to grasp.
- I liked the way the book is chunked up into chapters with sub-headings. You never feel you’re far from a break, so it makes a perfect book to work through in short bursts.
- None, really – it does what I expected.
- If anything, the only weakness was that I wanted more – it stopped just as it started to really get interesting!
Get it here: (or get the audiobook here)
It’s also available in paperback, here.
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