The Future of the Mind

March 4, 2014 non-fiction, Psychology, Science 10

IMG_9560Title: The Future of the Mind
Author: Michio Kaku
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: I loved the exciting look at current and future technology, but the explanations weren’t as clear as in some of Kaku’s other books.

Michio Kaku is first and foremost a theoretical physicist, so he begins his book describing a physicist’s perspective on how the brain works. Then he describes the latest and greatest advances in our understanding of how the brain works and makes some incredible predictions for the future. These include everything from the possibility of assisted telepathy and enhanced cognition to uploadable memories and recordable dreams.

I’ve loved Michio Kaku’s books since high school, maybe earlier. He was able to write about theoretical physics in such an approachable, interesting way. Since reading his books, this is a topic which I always want to learn more about. As someone in working in science, I now also appreciate his ability to bring science to the masses. This book was not quite as good at this as some of the earlier books. There were a few places where I felt an experiment on animals was inadequately explained to the point where it sounded like a mad scientist’s experiment. There were also a few typos that led to scientific inaccuracies in my ARC, but I think these will be fixed in the final version.

That said, I thought his discussion of future technologies was fantastic. As in Physics of the Future, his educated predictions about where science will be within the century were awe inspiring. Also similarly, he transitioned very smoothly from topic to topic and did a great job discussing the ethical implications of each potential technology. To finish with a quote from my review of Physics of the Future, which also applies to this book: “I would highly recommend this book to scientists as well as any non-scientists who’d like to be better informed (which in my opinion, should really be everyone, since that’s who this science is going to affect!). But for scientists in particular, it’s important to always remember three things: the social implications of your work; the ethical implications of your work; and the big dreams we should all be striving for in order to make our daily lives better. This book does a great job bringing home all of those points.”

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10 Responses to “The Future of the Mind”

  1. Rhiannon

    I just saw Kaku on The Daily Show & was blown away by what he was talking about. And he speaks “normal” so I could understand, not in “hyper-genius speak” so I would definitely be interested in reading this book.
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    • DoingDewey

      I also saw him on The Daily Show and thought he did a great job being down-to-earth and relatable. His book are the same way, so I’d highly recommend them 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Although I saw him on The Daily Show, I actually haven’t ever listened to him on the radio. I should see if I can find recordings online 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I think the things I disliked about it will mostly be improved in the final version. However, it was pretty similar to Physics of the Future, so unless you’re more interested in the topic of this one, you could probably give it a pass. He did do a great job showing how fascinating future research is going to be though, so it’s hard to say. It definitely wasn’t bad enough that I feel strongly about steering you away from it anyway 🙂