The 21st Century Brain: Explaining, Mending and Manipulating the Mind Paperback – 2 Mar 2006
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"While this book is a magisterial survey of what we currently understand about the human brain and mind, it is also a profoundly personal rumination on the sources and consequences of that knowledge" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Especially valuable" (Nigel Hawkes The Times)
"A timely book on a timely subject" (Observer)
"If you are interested in brains or having a mind you must read this" (New Scientist)
"Clear and eloquent" (Daily Mail)
'An elegantly written and cogent guide to contemporary ideas about how and why the brain works' - IndependentSee all Product Description
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I found his sometimes sarcastic approach to the confidence of other researchers/theorists really refreshing. Too many books in neurosciences today are caught up on the idea of 'brilliant', 'heroic' researchers who are at the cutting edge of knowledge and whose research will ultimately revolutionise how we see the world. Rose is far more modest in his endeavours.
If I had any complaints about this book it would probably be his undisguised contempt for Steven Pinker (which is never really explored) and Rose's frequent references to Hilary Rose (his wife). I think if you are going to quote someone you know well you should do the courtesy of exploring their ideas rather than repeat their descriptive phrases. Other than that, I'd highly recommend this book.
It also looks at the history of the science of the subject, evolutionary perspective on understanding brains/minds, the embryonic perspective as well - which in some senses mimics evolution duriong teh nine months.
He doesn't really answer the brain/mind question satisfactorily for me. Still attempting to say there is something more than just a switched on brain but not explaining what it is.
Final part of teh book is a very interesting look into possible futures where people take mind enhancing drugs or genetically select offspring and the implcations for some of these choice society will have to face up to.
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