Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

October 31, 2020
Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

What does drug withdrawal have in common with a broken heart?Why is the enemy of memory not time but other memories? How can ablind person learn to see with her tongue, or a deaf person learnto hear with his skin? Why did many people in the 1980s mistakenlyperceive book pages to be slightly red in color? Why is the world’sbest archer armless? Might we someday control a robot with ourthoughts, just as we do our fingers and toes? Why do we dream atnight, and what does that have to do with the rotation of theEarth? The answers to these questions are right behind our eyes. Thegreatest technology we have ever discovered on our planet is thethree-pound organ carried in the vault of the skull. This book isnot simply about what the brain is; it is about what it does. Themagic of the brain is not found in the parts it’s made of but inthe way those parts unceasingly reweave themselves in an electric,living fabric. In Livewired, you will surf the leadingedge of neuroscience atop the anecdotes and metaphors that havemade David Eagleman one of the best scientific translators of ourgeneration. Covering decades of research to the present day,Livewired also presents new discoveries from Eagleman’sown laboratory, from synesthesia to dreaming to wearable neurotechdevices that revolutionize how we think about the senses.