How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

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Penguin, Nov 13, 2012 - Science - 352 pages
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The bold futurist and bestselling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain

Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines.

Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.

Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil’s previous classics which include Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever and The Age of Spiritual Machines.
 

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A nice introduction to how the brain works. - Goodreads
I love his optimism and the clarity of his writing. - Goodreads
Even so, I love reading this kind of futurist writing. - Goodreads
Core premise: agreed. - Goodreads
... with a couple of video with the writer too. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Elliot Smith - Goodreads

Pretty decent intro on how computational and systems neuroscientists think the brain works. If you set aside the fact that Ray is a bit egotistical and a touch deluded, it's an excellent read! Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

I judged a book by its cover. I was browsing through the bargain bin and saw this book. After glancing at it, I thought it might be an interesting read about critical thinking. I was half right. It ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1947
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THE WORLD
1956
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THINKING
1966
THE PATTERN
1973
THE BIOLOGICAL NEOCORTEX
2006
THE OLD BRAIN
OO1 TRANSCENDENT ABILITIES THE MIND AS COMPUTER
THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS ON THE MIND
THE LAW OF ACCELERATING RETURNS APPLIED
OBJECTIONS
EPILOGUE
NOTES
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Ray Kurzweil is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near and the national bestseller The Age of Spiritual Machines, among others. One of the leading inventors of our time, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. He is the recipient of many honors, including the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology. He lives in Boston.

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