Month 4: Incognito

2014-06-13 17.17.26

I thoroughly enjoyed Incognito by David Eagleman. I went to a short lecture he gave at SXSW a few years ago and have read several of his articles/books since then. Sum, an afterlife-focused companion to Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, is a great transit read. Of course, I’ve yet to not enjoy something from Eagleman.

I most appreciate his very accessible style of writing; discussing neuroscience and matters of the brain is no small or easy feat, but he does it in an engaging way that is easy digestible. Incognito focuses on the brain and its relationship to human thought, action, and ultimately our sense of self. The book is fascinating, at times unsettling, but wholly enjoyable. In the weeks since reading it, I’ve found myself thinking back to certain passages, drawing connections to other events I’ve experienced, and chewing over his anecdotes repeatedly. It’s a solid book that stays with you, and highly recommended.