** The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind is an encyclopedic compendium of the state of research into the mind today. It’s written by a theoretical physicist, which may explain both the comparison of the brain neurons to stars and the recurring references to science fiction movies — none of which I’ve seen, so that approach did not resonate so well with me. Actually, my main beef with this book is totally undeserved: because I am interested in the topic of brain research I have become somewhat allergic to yet another opening starring poor Phineas Gage, whose brain was impaled with an iron rod and whose personality changed as a result. As an introduction to brain research, it’s perfectly adequate.


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