David Eagleman’s Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain is a mind bending experience. It’s gotten a ton of good reviews and most of the write ups focus on the Neuroscience part. This book does a good job on assembling an introduction to modern neuroscience. Very cool stuff. It’s fun, but it not the compelling reason to read this book.
The compelling part of Incognito is when Eagleman starts talking about Neuroscience and the Law. Whoa! I was unprepared for this. I then took a quick look at the inside back jacket. It says that he’s the director of Baylor’s initiative on Neuroscience and the Law. What the !@#$ is that?
Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law addresses how new discoveries in neuroscience should navigate the way we make laws, punish criminals, and develop rehabilitation. The project brings together a unique collaboration of neurobiologists, legal scholars, ethicists, medical humanists, and policy makers, with the goal of running experiments that will result in modern, evidence-based policy.
This part is like reading Sci-Fi, but it’s real. Wow!