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

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: 9780385530835
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 58,521
File size: 4 MB

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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The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
SharynR More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT!!! i HAVE BEEN SO INTERESTED IN THE HUMAN BRAIN SINCE I HAD A BENIGN BASEBALL-SIZED TUMOR REMOVED FROM MY LEFT TEMPORAL LOBE AND WAS ATTACHED TO THE PONS AREA OF MY BRAIN. THIS BOOK HAS EXPLAINED SO MUCH ABOUT THE WORKINGS OF THE BRAIN AND FUTURE POSSIBILITIES OF TREATING PROBLEMS. ITHE BOOK IS WRITTEN WITH WORDS THAT CAN BE UNDERSTOOD BY AN ORDINARY PERSON WHO IS NOT SCIENTICALLY EDUCATED. A MUST READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THINKING MORE ABOUT ADVANCES AND UPCOMING WAYS TO COMPREHEND WHAT THE BRAIN IS CAPABLE OF DOING. RECOMMENDED-PHANTOMS IN THE BRAIN & THE TELL-TAIL BRAIN BY V.S. RAMACHADRAN.
MdExTx More than 1 year ago
I’m a fan of Michio Kaku after seeing him on various Discovery Channel and Science Channel programs so I was really glad to get an advance reading copy of his latest book from Doubleday and NetGalley. The subtitle of the book is “The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind”, and as I read Dr. Kaku’s descriptions of ongoing and future research into the human brain I kept running across things that made me say “Wow! I didn’t know they could do that!” The book is, in the jargon of the ‘60’s, “mind blowing”, meant with highest praise. Dr. Kaku summarizes the current state of scientific exploration of our brains and the current understanding of how our minds work in an eminently readable fashion that is understandable by a non-scientist. The book is divided into three sections; Book I: The Mind and Consciousness, Book II: Mind Over Matter, and Book III: Altered Consciousness. In Book I, Kaku gives the reader a brief history of brain research, beginning with Phineas Gage, the railroad worker who had a steel rod driven into his brain by an explosion in 1848. That incident was the first time that doctors could see that damage to the brain could change a person’s personality and led them to think that certain areas of the brain could be traced to certain behaviors. The chapter continues with a brief course in brain physiology which is useful since he refers to the parts of the brain extensively throughout the book and finishes up with a listing of all the ways our brains can be scanned and probed today to allow researchers to see what might be going on when we are performing tasks. Book II is where the mind blowing begins to happen; he recounts research that is aimed at allowing paralyzed people to control a robot hand to pick things up or even an exoskeleton to allow a paralyzed person to walk again. He also discusses the possibility of erasing and creating memories, and looks into whether or not it will be possible for science to make us more intelligent. In Book III Dr. Kaku explores the science fiction area of possible future brain research such as mind control and uploading our minds into artificial bodies so we can live forever, or even transmitting our consciousness across the galaxy by laser beam. Perhaps some of us alive today will live to see some of the things he discusses come to pass. If I don’t I really enjoyed at least finding out what some of the possibilities of the future might be. This book gives me hope that our species will continue to progress and grow. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in current brain research, science in general or fans of Michio Kaku. He does not disappoint.
BruceAF More than 1 year ago
I'm only four chapters into the Book. He had me when He talked about the "ID" from my favorite move "Forbidden Planet". A MUST read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kaku is very recognized as a result of his  frequent TV appearances. I suppose there are more accomplished physicists around, but he is here. I am not hearing arguments against the correctness of his thoughts, so criticism seems petty.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Future of the Mind is an in depth look at the many possible pathways the mind may possibly take and does! Kaki does all this in a way that one can understand without being a scientific genius, The book triggers our excitement while at same time brings about a high sense of anxiety! I believe the book should be read by every one who can read, it is scientific mystery dealing in reality,
GrandpaGuy More than 1 year ago
Though this book looks a little too far into the future for my taste, the author does stretch the limits of science to explore where brain technology could go in the next century. Science has learned more about the mind since I was born, and there's a long ways to go.
marygslp More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is so informative. As a speech-language pathologist, the knowledge from this book helps me in my profession. Easy to read, informative. The neurological information is superb, up to date. I've also highlighted my favorite parts throughout the book for quick reference. Worth a look if you have a curious mind about the MIND!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book! I also recommend Biocentrism and Hector's Juice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has something to excite all readers. It is filled with amazing facts about the brain and its related research and technology. The scientific material is very readable by all, yet it is still sure to excite die hard mathematicians and physicists. It also raises fantastic questions about how future research and technology could be used by brilliant science fiction writers to create startling books, movies, and other forms of entertainment media that could be enjoyed by billions of people. Overall, it is a brilliant book that has been written in such a way so as to entice a full spectrum of readers from all walks of life.
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Very insightful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michio Kaku does a great job romanticizing and opening the door of physics to the lay man. Throughout the book you will be introduced to many possibilities of the future, but topics are only grazed, and sometimes incomplete ideas are put forth as if they are truth. I thoroughly enjoyed this book for it's great breadth, and I would recommend it to anyone, but readers, do yourself a favor and form your own philosophical ideas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy the tour de force on this mind bending brain freeze. Uh, I mean the future of your brain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible book. It lays it all out. Easy to understand. The plethora of information is compelling to see the wonder and awe of the brain and mind. Those who one star the book do it over politics, which this book is not about. It is a five star all the way. Job well done Dr. Kaku..
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mosesmom More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift to my husband and he has enjoy it very much. Truly his type of reading.
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This book gives a clear understanding of the mind, especially the human mind. Dr. Kaku's writing is erudite and comprehensible. I would recommend this book to anyone, over 16, maybe.
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