Top positive review
A whirlwind tour of psychology and neuroscience
17 June 2017
Fast read, Must read. This is a work that draws from a lifetime of psychology and neuroscience notes. Rich in examples and experiments that one can relate to. To understand actions that we take, many of which are subconscious and even control them, we need to understand whats going on beneath the hood. My favorite part of the book is in Chapter 5 where the author speaks about the psychology of war and the dehumanization that accompanies the actions that people perform within the context of a war. Being a jew himself who was affected by the WW2, he is quite passionate about this topic and it comes through from the pages. Just for this part itself it may be worth reading the book.
Chapters with descriptions:
1) Who am I - Covers the basics. Brain development, what is memory
2) What is reality - The mind as a theatre - interactions between the brain darkroom and the senses
3) Who's in Control - Subconscious vs the Conscious. What is consciousness
4) How do i decide - Effects on action by subliminal cues
5) Do i need you - Societal actions and neural explanations. How empathy is ingrained into neurons
6) Who will we be - Technology interplay with our neurons
The book in general reminded me of Thinking fast and slow by Kahneman and also contains the gist of Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely.