Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
“This is complicated stuff, and it is a testament to Dr. Seung’s remarkable clarity of exposition that the reader is swept along with his enthusiasm, as he moves from the basics of neuroscience out to the farthest regions of the hypothetical, sketching out a spectacularly illustrated giant map of the universe of man.”—Abigail Zuger, M.D., New York Times
Every person is unique, but science has struggled to pinpoint where, precisely, that uniqueness resides. Our genome may determine our eye color and even aspects of our character. But our friendships, failures, and passions also shape who we are. The question is: how?
Sebastian Seung is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience. He believes that our identity lies not in our genes, but in the connections between our brain cells—our particular wiring. Seung and a dedicated group of researchers are leading the effort to map these connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. It’s a monumental effort, but if they succeed, they will uncover the basis of personality, identity, intelligence, memory, and perhaps disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.
Connectome is a mind-bending adventure story that presents a daring scientific and technological vision for understanding what makes us who we are, both as individuals and as a species.
“Accessible, witty, imminently logical and at times poetic, Connectome establishes Seung as an important new researcher, philosopher and popularizer of brain science. It puts him on par with cosmology’s Brian Greene and the late Carl Sagan.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jcvogan1 - LibraryThing
Guy thinks we should map the entire "connectome" of how all the neurons in a human beings are connected. Fails the seriously address the outrageous expense of such work or how useless the resulting data would be. Still it was a good popular introduction to the current state of neuroscience. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - fpagan - LibraryThing
Pop neuroscience: the future possibility and value of mapping a human brain's network of 10^11 neurons and 10^15 synapses. Most notably, the last two chapters discuss cryonic preservation and mind ... Read full review
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