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The Making Of Memory: From Molecules to Mind

The Making Of Memory: From Molecules to Mind [Kindle Edition]

Steven Rose

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"There is no denying his skill as a writer...a flowing, elegant scientific treatise" (Observer)

"Quite simply one of the most interesting books which I have ever perused" (Scotsman)

"Rose introduces each topic with skill and clarity" (Guardian)

"Exceptionally well-written...a fascinating account of the current state of play in the neurosciences" (Times Higher Educational Supplement)

"Compelling... The job of demystifying science is completed with style, jargon-free and elegantly written" (Oliver Robinson Observer)

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Winner of the Rhône-Poulenc Science Prize.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1294 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Date 14 May 2010
By Jiang Xueqin - Published on
This book was an award winner when it was first published in 1992 but since then neuroscience and psychology have advanced so far that this book is antiquated and irrelevant. It's annoying how the author keeps on talking about the biochemistry profession, and asks interesting questions but doesn't really answer them. For anyone interested in neuroscience check out "The Accidental Mind" or "The Female Brain" or "The Brain that Changes Itself".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Are human memories stored in nucleic acids? 6 Oct 2000
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We were taught in basic biochemistry that this question was answered in 1965 with a resounding, table pounding "No." Case closed. But on reflection, and at this remove in time, it is clear that the (rather appealing, really) possibility that nucleic acids constitute a long term memory storage medium was neither tested nor refuted 35 years ago. No one knew how. No one would know how today.
The author, who became deeply skeptical of the original 1960s research that launched the idea of nucleic acid memory -- tells the story of this forgotten controversy from a personal point of view, and this is the most interesting part of the book.
The fact is, biological information is very typically stored as sequences and shapes, and there is no reason to imagine the human memory is stored in some entirely different way. Probably the notion of nucleic acid memory will get a second hearing someday when we have the technology to actually test it, and some sort of a hunch or clue about how such a thing might work in the brain.
A fun book on the subject is the science fiction classic, "Hauser's Memory," and it is probably the only other book on nucleic acid memory that is still available.
For a quick, seamless review of the currently accepted view of human memory, which is grounded on the assumption that memory is stored as synaptic changes, see Kandel & Squire's book, "Memory. From Mind to Molecules."
For a sense of why the cherished assumption of synaptic memory will probably fail, and pretty soon, see the recent, mildly written but revolutionary book: "Spikes," by Rieke et al.
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