[Buddha-l] query to the list

JKirkpatrick jkirk at spro.net
Mon May 30 14:17:10 MDT 2011

Hi Geoff,

Thanks a lot for this reply. Poor Eagleman was pilloried on
another list I'm on as writing for the layman, so it's all old
hat of course to insiders-----oh really? Well I'm not an insider
and don't understand what's going on if they get technical. In
fact that comment almost pilloried writing for laypeople as such.
So how refreshing to get your reply :)

Oddly I sub to the New Yorker but somehow missed that article--if
I still have that issue will go back and read it. Can also read
it online.

Hope this is a good holiday for you and yours. 

Aside from this being a holiday today, what bugs my dharma
sensibilities every year is the maudlin media sentimentality
about our fallen military guys accompanied by nothing--zero--
said about why they were inveigled into the recent wars in the
first place, nor about the weapons industry being one of our
biggest. And no mention of the statistics on the very seriously
maimed vets coming out of the Iraq fiasco as compared to other

Best wishes


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:buddha-l-bounces at mailman.swcp.com] On Behalf Of Geoff
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2011 4:03 PM
To: Buddhist discussion forum
Subject: Re: [Buddha-l] query to the list

Hi, Joanna:
David Eagleman does his neurosciences research at Baylor
University's Medical School in Waco, TX. His new work, Incognito:
The Secret Lives of the Brain, is a compilation of current
"brain" research, together with some "conjectures and
speculations" (in the David Hume sense of these terms) into where
neurosciences research might be going in the future. The value of
this work might depend largely upon how much knowledge of
neurosciences that you are already aware of and how densely
populated your own knowledge base of these fields of research
might be. I have included a link (below) for a brief excerpt from
Eagleman's newest book:
As I recall, Eagleman was also profiled in the April 23, 2011,
issue of the New Yorker Magazine, where you can read more about
this "neuroscientist by day" and "science fiction writer by
night," to use his own words to describe his own activities.
Neurosciences, or whatever you want to call these fields of
investigational research, are expanding at an almost exponential
rate, so a static compendium for a very dynamic and expanding
knowledge base may or may not be what you are seeking. Since the
work's release date is Tuesday, May 31, 2011, you might want to
wait until the book comes out to make your own judgments about
its value to your particular needs and requirements. If you are
in New York City, probably Book Culture will have a copy later
this week.
Let me know what you think of Eagleman's newest work. 


Geoff Morrison 
Sanskrit Studies Foundation
Los Angeles, CA 90004, 
USASanskrit_Studies at yahoo.com

--- On Sun, 5/29/11, JKirkpatrick <jkirk at spro.net> wrote:

From: JKirkpatrick <jkirk at spro.net>
Subject: [Buddha-l] query to the list
To: "'Buddhist discussion forum'" <buddha-l at mailman.swcp.com>
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 2:09 PM

Has anyone seen advance copies, or know anything about this

 David Eagleman. _Incognito: The Secret Lives of the
Brain_Pantheon, May 31/11.

http://tinyurl.com/3lwux7p <http://tinyurl.com/3lwux7p>

Worth getting the book?


Joanna K.

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