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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Seung Narrator: MacLeod Andrews Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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We know that each of us is unique, but science has struggled to pinpoint where, precisely, our uniqueness resides. Is it in our genes? The structure of our brains? Our genome may determine our eye color and even aspects of our personality. But our friendships, failures, and passions also shape who we are. The question is: how? Sebastian Seung, a dynamic professor at MIT, is on a quest to discover the biological basis of identity. He believes it lies in the pattern of connections between the brain’s neurons, which change slowly over time as we learn and grow. The connectome, as it’s called, is where our genetic inheritance intersects with our life experience. It’s where nature meets nurture. Seung introduces us to the dedicated researchers who are mapping the brain’s connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. It is a monumental undertaking? —? the scientific equivalent of climbing Mount Everest ?— ?but if they succeed, it could reveal the basis of personality, intelligence, memory, and perhaps even mental disorders. Many scientists speculate that people with anorexia, autism, and schizophrenia are “wired differently,” but nobody knows for sure. The brain’s wiring has never been seen clearly. In sparklingly clear prose, Seung reveals the amazing technological advances that will soon help us map connectomes. He also examines the evidence that these maps will someday allow humans to “upload” their minds into computers, achieving a kind of immortality. Connectome is a mind-bending adventure story, told with great passion and authority. It presents a daring scientific and technological vision for at last understanding what makes us who we are. Welcome to the future of neuroscience. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phillip Carman | 2/12/2014

    " Well written and clear exposition of recent developments in neuroscience research. Good nuts and bolts explanations of the neural networks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan | 1/25/2014

    " For a long time I have thought that I wanted to be cremated upon my death. This book (Connectome) has caused me to reconsider that decision. Consider the following quote from the book: "Humankind's ability to control matter will become so sophisticated that it will eventually be possible to "reanimate" dead bodies." The author does not say how soon you have to get to a dead body to reanimate it. I think you would have to get to it fairly quickly before decay sets in. Elsewhere in the book the author writes, "Given enough time, humankind might attain immortality." I would like to be around when that day comes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathie | 1/20/2014

    " Very intereesting brain theory read. Must admit I skimmed some of the technical parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul McNeil | 1/13/2014

    " I've been reading a lot of books on the brain and psychology, and compared to those, this one is more about the brain itself- its structure, its neurons, and, above all, its connections. The idea of a connectome- pronounced "connect-tome"- is that technology is reaching the point where we will be able to map out all the connections in the brain, which will help us understand thought, memory, mental disorders, and so on. The book includes historical background, an assessment of the present state of connectomics and nueroscience (including a lot of places where technology needs to advance before more can be known), and ends with a look at some of the possibilities of the very distant future (think cryonics and uploading of consciousness) and the reasons such things are possible but perhaps unlikely. Recommended for those who are interested in the mechanisms behind the brain and in the future of neuroscience. "

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