Cover of: The future of the brain | Steven P. R. Rose

The future of the brain

the promise and perils of tomorrow's neuroscience

Published by Oxford University Press in Oxford, New York .
Written in English.

About the Edition

Brain repair, smart pills, mind-reading machines--modern neuroscience promises to soon deliver a remarkable array of wonders as well as profound insight into the nature of the brain. But these exciting new breakthroughs, warns Steven Rose, will also raise troubling questions about what it means to be human. In The Future of the Brain, Rose explores just how far neuroscience may help us understand the human brain--including consciousness--and to what extent cutting edge technologies should have the power to mend or manipulate the mind. Rose first offers a panoramic look at what we now know about the brain, from its three-billion-year evolution, to its astonishingly rapid development in the embryo, to the miraculous process of infant development (how a brain becomes a human). More important, he shows what all this science can--and cannot--tell us about the human condition. He examines questions that still baffle scientists: if our genes are 99% identical to those of chimpanzees, if our brains are composed of identical molecules, arranged in pretty similar cellular patterns, how come we are so different? And he explores the potential threats and promises of new technologies and their ethical, legal, and social implications, wondering how far we should go in eliminating unwanted behavior or enhancing desired characteristics, focusing on the new "brain steroids" and on the use of Ritalin to control young children. The Future of the Brain is a remarkable look at what the brain sciences are telling us about who we are and where we came from--and where we may be headed in the years ahead.

Table of Contents

The promise and the threat
The past is the key to the present
From 1 to 100 billion in nine months
Becoming human
Becoming a person
Having a brain, being a mind
Ageing brains, wiser minds
What we know, what we might know and what we can't know
Healing the mind via the brain
Modulating, mending or manipulating
The next big thing?
Ethics in a neurocentric world.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
153
Library of Congress
QP376 .R679 2005

The Physical Object

Pagination
viii, 344 p. :
Number of pages
344

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24770073M
Internet Archive
futureofbrainpro00rose
ISBN 10
0195154207
ISBN 13
9780195154207
LC Control Number
2004023578
OCLC/WorldCat
56729944
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