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The Brain Supremacy: Notes from the Frontiers of Neuroscience

ISBN : 9780199683857

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¥2,739
Author: 
Kathleen Taylor
Pages
384 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
128 x 196 mm
Pub date
Aug 2014
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In a world full of science, the balance of power between sciences is changing. Advances in physics, chemistry, and other natural sciences have given us extraordinary control over our world. Now the younger sciences of brain and mind are applying the scientific method not only to our environments, but to us. In recent years funding and effort poured into brain research. We are entering the era of the brain supremacy. What will the new science mean for us, as individuals, consumers, parents and citizens? Should we be excited, or alarmed, by the remarkable promises we read about in the media - promises of drugs that can boost our brain power, ever more subtle marketing techniques, even machines that can read minds? What is the neuroscience behind these claims, and how do scientists look inside living human brains to get their astonishing results? The Brain Supremacy is a lucid and rational guide to this exciting new world. Using recent examples from the scientific literature and the media, it explores the science behind the hype, revealing how techniques like fMRI actually work and what claims about using them for mindreading really mean. The implications of this amazingly powerful new research are clearly and entertainingly presented. Looking to the future, the book sets current neuroscience in its social and ethical context, as an increasingly important influence on how all of us live our lives.

Index: 

THE WAY WE LIVE NOW
1. Introducing the brain supremacy
2. The many powers of science
3. Could we read minds?
4. Bring on the designer minds?
THE KEYS TO POWER
5. Seeing the brain through many eyes
6. To physics, with thanks
7. When science meets journalism
8. The subatomic chorus
9. When currents flow
10. Neuroscience goes quantum
11. Poke it and see what happens
12. Poking people
13. Chemical control
14. Tweaking genes
NEUROSCIENCE AND THE FUTURE
15. The problems of neurotech
16. Creating the brain supremacy
GLOSSARY
LIST OF WEBSITES
BIBLIOGRAPHY

About the author: 

Kathleen Taylor studied physiology and philosophy at the University of Oxford. After a research MSc at Stirling University, working on brain chemistry, she returned to Oxford to do a DPhil in visual neuroscience and postdoctoral work on cognitive neuroscience. In 2002 she won two writing competitions run by the Times Higher Education Supplement, one for science writing and one for an essay in the humanities/social sciences. She has written on a range of topics from consciousness to cruelty. Her first book, Brainwashing, was published in 2004, her second, Cruelty, in 2009.

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