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The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind (udgave 2014)

af Michio Kaku (Forfatter)

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Michio Kaku, the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.

The Future of the Mind brings a topic that once belonged solely to the province of science fiction into a startling new reality. This scientific tour de force unveils the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world??all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics??including recent experiments in telepathy, mind control, avatars, telekinesis, and recording memories and dreams. The Future of the Mind is an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience. Dr. Kaku looks toward the day when we may achieve the ability to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; project thoughts and emotions around the world on a brain-net; take a ??smart pill? to enhance cognition; send our consciousness across the universe; and push the very limits of immor… (mere)

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Titel:The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
Forfattere:Michio Kaku (Forfatter)
Info:Doubleday (2014), Edition: 1st, 400 pages
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The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind af Michio Kaku

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Lightweight speculative survey of mind research. ( )
  Castinet | Dec 11, 2022 |
I found it riveting for the first half. The second half went into aliens, space travel theories and string theory/quantum mechanics, which I find hard to believe/far fetched. It was all interesting, though. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
Fascinating read. Much, honestly, was disturbing, and I couldn't help but question the veracity of his claims. I can't tell you how many times he references some sci-fi novel or movie to simply say, "This is going to happen." Basically all of them will happen. Of note, all the examples he gave, however, do have current proto-types.

The future is going to be something way outside my comfort zone right now. This I'm sure. However, as Yuval Harari has said, "If someone describes the future and it sounds like a science fiction novel, they're probably wrong. But if someone describes the future and it does not sound like a science fiction novel, they're definitely wrong." I believe he's right. And I believe some of Michio Kaku's predictions will come to fruition. Nevertheless, it can't all.

All that being said, his description of consciousness (from a theoretical physicist's perspective) was profound. In short, consciousness is feedback loops of varying complexity. A "level zero, one feedback loop" (aka the lowest level) of consciousness would be a thermostat, which responds to temperature alone. A plant would be maybe a level zero, 5 or 10 - responding to sunlight, water, gravity, etc. Reptiles would be level 1. Mammals would be a level two because they respond more to each other and then determine how others would respond to each other. Humans are different from the rest of conscious beings because we can conceptualize time and space. Fascinating. And helpful. Best part of the book for me.

That being said, I didn't finish it. Made it about 2/3rd of the way through it. Too many other great books... ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
Loved this book! Best I've read in months! Easily understood by the non-scientist. Opens the imagination to all sorts of ideas while at the same time bringing one up to date with emerging technologies and science research. This book, for me, has all the 5-star components: Entertaining, Informative, and Mind-Changing. ( )
  lasvegasbookie | Aug 20, 2020 |
Part Research, Part Optimistic Speculation, and Part Oversimplification

If you are fascinated by the occasional newspaper report on controlling a computer by thought or the latest robot to demonstrate sensitivity to human emotion…or any of the dozens of recent breakthroughs in understanding, recording, simulating, communicating with, or enhancing the mind, then this book is for you.

The primary strength of the book is its breadth. The author provides a glimpse at wide variety of topics and research that generally fall within the realms of cognitive science, computer science including artificial intelligence, engineering, neuroscience, and genetics. This glimpse generally emphasizes the possible, rather than the probable, and usually with an emphasis on positive outcomes. As such, it is an easy, enjoyable survey of a vast and rapidly expanding field.

If the primary strength of the book is breadth, the primary weakness is depth. The author seems to favor the popular, media-grabbing version of research, rather than the more rigorous, academic interpretation. Just to give one example, the author describes the direct brain stimulation research of Wilder Penfield as a means to retrieve “long-forgotten memories in a crystal-clear fashion.” However, even Penfield in latter writing noted that this phenomena was relatively rare, occurring in only about 3% of his cases, and further research indicates that these recollections are more likely constructions of current thoughts and aspects of memories.

I also found the author’s Space-Time Theory of Consciousness somewhat lacking. It is not clear exactly what set of observations or empirical findings the author is trying to explain with this theory. Additionally, in part, the theory suggests that consciousness is related to the number of feedback loops produced by relationships to others. So, the theory seems to suggest that someone with numerous acquaintances to consider (say, a politician) is more conscious than someone who is more involved with the internal life of his/her thoughts (say, an artist). I am not sure I buy that notion.

So, for a light read over a diverse and thought-provoking body of research, The Future of the Mind is hard to beat. But if you want a more thorough understanding of many of these issues, you will need to dig a little deeper into the literature. ( )
  BMPerrin | Sep 17, 2019 |
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Psychology. Science. Nonfiction. HTML:

Michio Kaku, the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.

The Future of the Mind brings a topic that once belonged solely to the province of science fiction into a startling new reality. This scientific tour de force unveils the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world??all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics??including recent experiments in telepathy, mind control, avatars, telekinesis, and recording memories and dreams. The Future of the Mind is an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience. Dr. Kaku looks toward the day when we may achieve the ability to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; project thoughts and emotions around the world on a brain-net; take a ??smart pill? to enhance cognition; send our consciousness across the universe; and push the very limits of immor

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