Future of the Mind

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Warning: this book contains a lot of nerd material. 

That being said, I loved it! Even though this is outside his field, Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist does a great job explaining the history and the present state of neuroscience. With the exception of the last chapter, I couldn't stop listening.

For me, the last part of the book was too futuristic. There was too much speculation about where we would go with technology and such. It was interesting, but I found the parts of the book that were more grounded in reality to be far more interesting. 

The author presents neuroscience research, both past and present, in a way that is easy to understand for the layman. This is likely why it was a NY times best seller. He also goes to some length to describe the technology that's available today and how it limits our ability to further our knowledge in the field of neuroscience. I found this perspective refreshing, because it presented the progress we've made in this field from multiple perspectives - the perspective of the researcher, but also the perspective of technology used in the research. 

Although the perspective was great, the book is a little dated. It was published in 2014. This field is rapidly expanding. So I wouldn't be surprised if there was research done in the last 3 years that would make it necessary to update some of what the author wrote. Nevertheless, he does a good job of providing the history of neuroscience and a good case for where he thinks it will go in the next 100 years. 

All in all, this was a great listen. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand where we are in figuring out how our minds work.