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The Future of the Mind : The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
by Dr. Michio Kaku


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Compelling .Kaku thinks with great breadth, and the vistas he presents us are worth the trip
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The New York Times" best-selling author of PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE and HYPERSPACE" "tackles the most fascinating and complexobjectin theknown universe: "the human brain.  Read more...


 
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Overview
NOW A #1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
Compelling .Kaku thinks with great breadth, and the vistas he presents us are worth the trip
" The New York Times Book Review

The New York Times" best-selling author of PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE and HYPERSPACE" "tackles the most fascinating and complexobjectin theknown universe: "the human brain.
"For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by abattery ofhigh tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.
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THE FUTURE OF THE MIND" "gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishingresearch being done intop laboratories around the world all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics. One day we might have a "smart pill" that canenhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotionsaround the world on a "brain-net"; control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality; and perhapseven send our consciousness across the universe.
Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about "consciousness" and applies it to providefresh insight intomental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness.
WithDr. Kaku'sdeep understanding of modern science and keen eye for future developments, THE FUTURE OF THE MIND is a scientific tour de force--an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385530828
  • ISBN-10: 038553082X
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Publish Date: February 2014
  • Page Count: 377


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-12-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this expansive, illuminating journey through the mind, theoretical physicist Kaku (Physics of the Future) explores fantastical realms of science fiction that may soon become our reality. His futurist framework merges physics with neuroscience to model how our brains construct the future, and is loosely applied to demonstrations that “show proof-of-principle” in accomplishing what was previously fictional: that minds can be read, memories can be digitally stored, and intelligences can be improved to great extents. The discussion, while heavily scientific, is engaging, clear, and replete with cinematic references. Kaku’s claims, however, often lack generalizability: his points about human thought are derived from research studies and patterns that emerge from discrete areas of analysis under highly sophisticated technological surveillance. The place of these esoteric conclusions in the nuanced processes of our daily life is rarely explained. Likewise, each issue raised, while fascinating, is equally fleeting: topics skip from telepathy helmets to cell phone MRIs in just over a page. Legal and ethical complications, too, arise with each predicted advance, though aren’t given the attention they demand. These new mental frontiers make for captivating reading, yet Kaku’s optimism and enthusiasm provides cover for what are mostly overhyped claims. Agent: Stuart Krichevsky. (Feb.)

 
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