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

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“Compelling….Kaku thinks with great breadth, and the vistas he presents us are worth the trip”
—The New York Times Book Review

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best-selling author of PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE and HYPERSPACE tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.
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Published February 25th 2014 by Doubleday
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Julie No knowledge of science required. Like all good teachers he makes the concepts easy to understand and interesting. If you are interested in the brain …moreNo knowledge of science required. Like all good teachers he makes the concepts easy to understand and interesting. If you are interested in the brain and what science and technology has in store for us its a great book. (less)

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What a wonderfully "feel-good" book about science! Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, and a well-known author of popular books about physics, especially the future of physics. In this book, he strays a bit from physics, and enters the realms of biology, neuroscience, evolution, and the brain. Kaku admits that he is not an expert in these fields. However, he writes so engagingly, his fast-paced, light-hearted writing style, and fearless exploration of a wide range of topics makes this a very ...more
The future of human mind and artificial intelligence

In this book, City University of New York Professor Michio Kaku, a well-respected theoretical physicist has discussed our current understanding of human mind and consciousness, and where it is heading in the next few decades. He has followed his life-long interest in biology of mind in this exhaustive literature work after his discussion with leading neurobiologists. Despite the fact that his field of expertise lies in theoretical physics, this
James Williams
Mar 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
I can't abide futurism. The best science fiction postulates an imaginary future society with imaginary future technologies and explores the present through a fantastical lens. Futurism, on the other hand, postulates that imaginary future because "why not?".

Futurism is little more than making extravagant predictions while hand-waving away the very real technical issues that stand between the present and that predicted future. In my field of computer programming, we often tell stories of "the suf
For so many many centuries, the universe and consciousness have been two of the greatest mysteries for many philosophers and scientists. Interestingly, physicists like Francis Crick and Christof Koch among many others have engaged to this fascinating area of research. In "Future of the Mind" Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, also approaches this subject. What is consciousness? Is it possible to be explained by the laws of Physics? and, with such an advance in technology, what can we expect o ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't finished it yet, but I don't need to finish this one to write the review.

It's a nice summary of the state of knowledge about the human brain... how it works, how technology is being used to learn more about it and how technology is being used to fix it/control it.

The level of technical skill needed to read this book is on a par with any of the popular science shows on the Discovery Channel. That's not a complaint; I like the 30,000 foot view it provides.

But the constant surface treatme
Laura Noggle
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“It seems that the one characteristic most closely correlated with success in life, which has persisted over the decades, is the ability to delay gratification.”

Vanilla Sky, anyone? Kaku did a great job tying modern culture into the book, from robots and Skynet, to hard science.

However ... more than half the book was filled with "maybe this could happen," "this might be possible," and "one day, if ..."—which really got old fast.

Yes, I should have known better from the title, *The Future of the
Kristy K
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting, but I have to say I enjoyed Kaku's The Future of Humanity a lot more. This wasn't quite as engaging. ...more
Lis Carey
Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist with a love of science fiction and of explaining science to non-scientists as well as of physics, once again takes a big, broad subject area that people are fascinated by, and explores what we know and can do now, what we can expect in the near future, and what the next century or two might bring us.

This is a readable, fascinating introduction to what we know about the workings of the human brain, and how the mind emerges from it, as well as the current state
Apr 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting intro to neuroscience for the casual reader. If you're looking for depth and analysis, this is not the book for you. I belong to the latter category, and for me, the shallowness makes it an incredibly frustrating read.

Don't get me wrong. I like Michio Kaku. He's a very charismatic speaker. But I just don't like to waste my time on magazine-level introductory knowledge.
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, brain
Each Michio Kaku book challenges the limits of my understanding by slowly taking me to the edge of what I know and then pushing me over the precipice. His books always seem to start out slowly by getting me comfortable with what I already know. Next, he pulls the rug out and I’m happily trying to figure out which way is up.

The types of things that scientists are working on today make me sad that I probably won’t be around to benefit from them. Some of these “mind” things as well as robotics are
Brian Clegg
Physicist Michio Kaku, an expert in string theory, might not seem the obvious person to take us on a tour of what the subtitle describes as ‘the scientific quest to understand, enhance and empower the mind.’ But Kaku is a very experienced science communicator and though I didn’t feel the same deep connection with, and love for, his subject as comes across in his physics-based books, there is certainly a lot to ponder in this reasonably chunky bit of scientific futurology.

Of all the great science
Slim Khezri
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowledge and education is everything in life!!!! This is one fantastic book. "The Future of the Mind" by Michio Kaku introduces inquisitive readers to the exciting science of the human mind. Dr. Kaku is perhaps the preeminent popular scientist of our time with numerous books, television productions and media appearances to his credit. This fascinating book will interest everyone who wants to get up to speed on the rapidly evolving field of brain sciences including what the future might hold for ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing. This book is billed as scientific but is simply science fiction nonsense. The book starts out well enough with a review of the current types of brain scans and some commentary of potential future enhancements to these technologies. Then the author launches into wild speculation about telepathy and telekinesis and how these may be possible in the "very near future." Since my only interest in the brain is of a purely scientific and practical bent, these speculations were of zer ...more
Alex Givant
Excellent book about what the brain is, how it works and how we can enhance/repair it.
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Future of the Mind
5 Stars - Exciting read, filled with interesting facts and mind boggling ideas. Great read for a wide range of those interested in the future of science and the brain!

What a fun read this was! Not often do books make me want to hide away from the world, until I can finish it in one read. While working my way through this one, I never did want to put it down, except when coming across an experiment that Michio Kaku touched upon, that I wanted to jump further into online.

On t
Vimal Thiagarajan
An astonishing amount of information crammed into the confines of a 377-page book. Kaku's presentation is effortless and very accessible, like one of his numerous youtube videos.You just cannot help getting infected with his enthusiasm about the science he presents - the science which sheds new light on deemed-esoteric-forever concepts like telepathy, telekinesis and mind reading and that which is on the cusp of performing tasks like memory implants, memory recording, dream videotaping, mental e ...more
Jake C
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been drawn to the sciences recently and I'd have to say neuroscience is the most fascinating of them all. The book may be geared down slightly too much for layman, though. I'm admittedly no scientist. I find it hard to follow certain recipes or build IKEA furniture. But I did find myself getting anxious throughout the book, peaking ahead, hoping Mr. Kaku would speed things up a bit.

Not only does the science feel watered down at times, but the effect is heightened with the author (maybe the

Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ouch. Ouch. My brain really hurts. Everything you wanted to know about the brain but were afraid to ask.

Surprisingly, this is immensely readable and entertaining. I was expecting a larger-than-life tome that cranked out gibberish; that is, gibberish for folks like me who, albeit fascinated with this world, find it hard to walk and talk at the same time.

I was entranced by the author's readability and his tantalizing offerings on the potential of the human brain. The future is not "someday". It is
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science, sci-fi or fantasy?

As a theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku may not be the obvious choice to tackle the subject of the science of the brain, but he undoubtedly has a gift for writing about complex subjects in an accessible way. In this book he looks at the history of neuroscience, where we are now, and then spends a huge chunk of the book speculating about where the scientists may take us in the future.

He starts by describing the physical properties of the brain, explaining how over the l
Becca Noggle
Seemed to be quite a bit of speculation, interesting but felt it could have been shorter.
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an exceptionally well-written book. The Future of the Mind is my second from author Michio Kaku, after his 2018 book The Future of Humanity.
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The Future of the Mind is a great example of a book with effective communication; Kaku writes in a clear and concise manner. The book is also written in terms accessible to the layperson, and not too full of technical jargon. When Kaku needs to get a bit more in-depth, he provides the reader with a brief contextual explanatio
Aaron Thibeault
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*A full executive summary of this book is available here:

The main argument: Up until 15 to 20 years ago the instruments and methods used to study the brain were still somewhat primitive. Since this time, however, advances in brain-imaging and brain-probing technology have gone into overdrive—as have the computers needed to make sense of the data coming out of these technologies. The deluge began in the early to mid 1990’s with the magnetic resonance imagi
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Every so often an author makes a stab at, "what makes humans special from all other animals". Michio Kaku does his best through defining humans through their ability to simulate the future both in space and time. He uses this definition for human consciousness and specialness and goes about explaining all phenomena arising from the brain. There's almost no topic he doesn't touch, hypnosis, outer-body-experience, abnormal psychology, BMI (brain machine interface), and so on.

For each topic, he giv
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing I like about Michio Kaku is that unlike other scientists and quantum physicists, he doesn't wander off into his own wonderland while describing some of the most complex concepts. This book is no different. Although, initially going by the title of the book, I thought that a neurologist or a biologist would be better suited author for book on Human Mind, I am glad that didn't put me off and refrain me from starting this book.

Human Consciousness, Freewill, mental illnesses, Aliens, Robo
Mohamedridha Alaskari محمد رضا العسكري
Consciousness and the universe were two unsolved matters during the human long life. Michio put all this knowledge together here - the way he puts it is the simplest, easiest and most joyful way, he is brilliant in putting scientific matters this way, I mean the way he used to be. Unlike the others; you don’t have to be fully knowledgeable about sciences to read his books, actually he teaches you how to be a scientist. Thousands of books already discussed those two matters but none of them but i ...more
Who am “I”? Is reality really real? What are dreams? Will someone who's paralyzed be able to move objects with their mind one day ? Will robots be smarter than humans? Will robots one day take over the world? Interviewing top scientists in their fields, Michio Kaku explores these questions and many more in The Future of the Mind.

Kaku’s ability to explain complex concepts, in easy to understand terms and examples, makes this an easy and enjoyable read. His passion for the topic comes through in
Elias Jabbour
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely my favorite science book.
Despite his divergence from the fields of Biology and Neuroscience , Michio Kaku's fervent curiosity manipulates his pen as he unravels the hidden realms lying on top of our shoulders.
This book truly helps you understand, enhance and empower your mind,
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kaku puts together an accessible informative discussion of consciousness, the operation of the brain, and the future of technology applied to both. He covers a host of trendy subjects from a physicist’s point of view in his usual conversant upbeat style. My notes on topics of interest follow.

“If our brains were simple enough to be understood, we wouldn’t be smart enough to understand them.” Anonymous

What is consciousness? Kaku proposes the corporate model. Consciousness is the CEO, the place wh
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The world of the future will be the world of the mind.”

If you have any interest in the human brain whatsoever (which you should!), then you need to read this book.

Kaku describes many a weird brain phenomenon, mental illness, visions of future human intelligence, artificial intelligence, and uses many popular Hollywood movie analogies, which all in all make for captivating reading.

Kaku, being a physicist, also entwines quantum physics within this book about the human mind, especially within th
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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Uh-huh, I feel split-brained after reading this book.
The beginning chapters, with the survey of the recent developments in neuroscience and the physicalist's definition and classification of consciousness, were promising. But then... Well, I can't say I didn't enjoy the entertaining speculations about the possibility of enhancing or altering our mental capabilities via telepathy, telekinesis, uploading memories, or brain boosts, and the possibility that perhaps sometime in the next century we m
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(Arabic: ميشيو كاكو
Russian: Митио Каку
Chinese: 加來道雄
Japanese: ミチオ・カク)

Dr. Michio Kaku is an American theoretical physicist at the City College of New York , best-selling author, a futurist, and a communicator and popularizer of science. He has written several books about physics and related topics of science.

He has written two New York Times Best Sellers, Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physic

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