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I just finished reading David Eagleman’s Incognito (Pantheon Books, 2011).  It’s a fascinating book about neuroscience and the workings of the brain, especially the subconscious, and I recommend it for any student of leadership.  Here are some of my more provocative personal notes from the book:
  • Reality is far more subjective than commonly supposed – instead of reality being passively recorded by the brain it is actively constructed by it.
  • Our perception of the world is a construction that is mostly a false impression because we only see what we need to know and no more.
  • Ongoing unconscious conversations occur among different factions of the brain, each competing to control a single output channel – behavior.
  • Almost all of our actions from producing speech to picking up a cup of coffee are run by alien subroutines, or zombie systems, of the brain to which we have no access.
  • Intuition is the manifestation of the subconscious feelings that reach conscious awareness and these feelings tend to be correct more often than chance would predict.

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