Monday, March 3, 2014

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku

Physicist Michio Kaku is a popular and gregarious scientist whose interest in the mind has led him to pen an examination of neuroscience for his latest title THE FUTURE OF THE MIND, read by Chinese actor Feodor Chin. After examining the history of brain science in animals and humans, including the modern rise of diagnostic tools like MRIs and PET scanning, Kaku postulates what might happen in both the near and distant future as "smart pills" might become available to enhance learning, and our theory of consciousness comes to understand who we are on the fundamental level of thought and emotion. A visionary with a deft way of communicating complex topics (like the cerebellum, hippocampus, and cerebrum) so that anyone can understand, Kaku is one of the select few who see multiple points of view at once, and so can surmise what might be coming in the fields of genetics, memory, and the curing diseases like Alzheimer's. Most interesting to me are his thoughts on how human consciousness may in the distant future be digitized…at which point we may be able to transmit ourselves across distances, or become uploaded into machine bodies. (I've played with this concept at my blog Family Die, and am working on a story based on this.) For the latest research on the subject of the human brain (and why we need to advance before we kill ourselves), Kaku guides listeners into fascinating glimpses of the future, based on what we know now. The subtitle is The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. Will life be extended by gene manipulation? Will robots overpower us, or will we become robots ourselves and live forever? Big questions which time will tell, if we don't blow up the Earth or kill it first. Below is a list of other new titles just out: 


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