Would you kill one person to save the lives of five others? Why do you find yourself on the horns of a dilemma when someone offers you a chocolate cake? How can you believe different things at once? Find out what’s running under the hood in this first episode of a three-parter about our decision making — and how a little knowledge of neuroscience can allow us to make better decisions.

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More Information:

Minsky M (1986). The Society of Mind. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Eagleman DM (2011). Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. New York: Pantheon Books.

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"A popularizer of impressive gusto...[Eagleman] aims, grandly, to do for the study of the mind what Copernicus did for the study of the stars."
- New York Observer
"David Eagleman may be the best combination of scientist and fiction-writer alive."
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