The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

by Michio Kaku

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Overview

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 immortality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307473349
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 80,038
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

MICHIO KAKU is a professor of physics at the City University of New York, cofounder of string field theory, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Hyperspace, Beyond Einstein, Physics of the Impossible, and Physics of the Future. He is the science correspondent for CBS's This Morning and host of the radio programs Science Fantastic and Explorations in Science.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Book I The Mind and Consciousness

1 Unlocking the Mind 13

2 Consciousness-A Physicist's Viewpoint 41

Book II Mind Over Matter

3 Telepathy: A Penny for Your Thoughts 63

4 Telekinesis: Mind Controlling Matter 80

5 Memories and Thoughts Made to Order 104

6 Einstein's Brain and Enhancing Our Intelligence 130

Book III Altered Consciousness

7 In Your Dreams 169

8 Can the Mind Be Controlled? 181

9 Altered States of Consciousness 195

10 The Artificial Mind and Silicon Consciousness 214

11 Reverse Engineering the Brain 250

12 The Future: Mind Beyond Matter 266

13 The Mind as Pure Energy 284

14 The Alien Mind 295

15 Concluding Remarks 317

Appendix: Quantum Consciousness? 329

Notes 343

Suggested Reading 355

Illustration Credits 357

Index 359

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