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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. To what are innumerable facets of ourselves linked?
2. Whose brains must learn to make sense of visual input coming in?
3. What does the amount of brain effort that vision uses indicate about vision?
4. What was disorienting for May?
5. What does the author call self-healing material?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is our brain wired for performing complicated tasks and why?
2. What ways can our vision be fooled?
3. What has to shift in order to fully appreciate the small role of the unconscious and to what does Eagleman compare that shift?
4. What gap does Eagleman explore in Chapter 3?
5. How is one's conscious mind limited and how does this make the mind more difficult to understand?
6. What does Eagleman say the experiment with the photographs of women illustrates?
7. Explain the example of the chicken sexers that Eagleman discusses.
8. What is one example Eagleman gives of how one reacts to something before the person is even aware of the situation?
9. What does Eagleman say our intuition tells us about our experience of the world and is the intuition accurate?
10. What does Eagleman say about how vision works?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Eagleman gives the reader an overview of his ideas about success in Incognito. Discuss one of the following:
1. Discuss Eagleman's opinions of three topics he discussed in relation to the brain. Do you agree or disagree with him? Why? Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
2. Compare and contrast Eagleman's opinions from Incognito with what you might imagine Eagleman's opinion might be had he lived 100 years ago. How do you think his opinions would change? Would they remain the same? Explain fully. Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
3. Discuss how you think Eagleman's view on several topics from this essay informs his life as a researcher. Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Eagleman dismisses the assumption that all people are equally equipped to make sound and rational decisions. We are all at the mercy of the unconscious workings of our minds, and our ultimate behavior is a result of the biological balance within our brain. As an example, he points out that the overwhelming number of criminals are male. This suggests that there is a genetic component to the balance among the various rival parts of the brain.
1. Do you think that all people are equally equipped to make sound and rational decisions? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.
2. Do you believe you are at the mercy of your unconscious mind? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.
3. What kinds of balance between emotional and rational thoughts and feelings do you encounter in your life? Does the rational or emotional part of your brain have more sway over you? Why? Use examples from your own life and Incognito to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Eagleman in writing about Mel Gibson cites anti-Semitism was demonstrated by Gibson. Discuss one of the following:
1. Define anti-Semitism and give examples of it from both Incognito and other sources.
2. Do you think anti-Semitism still exists in the United States? Explain.
3. Discuss the idea put forth by Eagleman that Mel Gibson may have two brains, one not prejudice and one that is. Use examples from Incognito to support your answer.
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