The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the Jennifer Aniston Neuron by Rodrigo Quian QuirogaThe Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the Jennifer Aniston Neuron by Rodrigo Quian Quiroga

The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the Jennifer Aniston Neuron

byRodrigo Quian Quiroga

Paperback | October 3, 2017

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If we lose our memories, are we still ourselves? Is identity merely a collection of electrical impulses? What separates us from animals, or from computers?

From Plato to Westworld, these questions have fascinated and befuddled philosophers, artists, and scientists for centuries. In The Forgetting Machine, neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga explains how the mechanics of memory illuminates these discussions, with implications for everything from understanding Alzheimer's disease to the technology of Artificial Intelligence.

You'll also learn about the research behind what Quian Quiroga coined "Jennifer Aniston Neurons," cells in the human brain that are responsible for representing specific concepts, such as recognizing a certain celebrity's face. The discovery of these neurons opens new windows into the workings of human memory.

In this accessible, fascinating look at the science of remembering, discover how we turn perceptions into memories, how language shapes our experiences, and the crucial role forgetting plays in human recollection. You'll see how electricity, chemistry, and abstraction combine to form something more than the human brain, the human mind. And you'll gain surprising insight into what our brains can tell us about who we are.

The Forgetting Machine takes us on a journey through science and science fiction, philosophy and identity, using what we know about how we remember (and forget) to explore the very roots of what makes us human.
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga holds a Research Chair at the University of Leicester, UK. He is the director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience and the Head of Bioengineering at the University of Leicester. He graduated in Physics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of L...
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Title:The Forgetting Machine: Memory, Perception, and the Jennifer Aniston NeuronFormat:PaperbackDimensions:170 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1944648542

ISBN - 13:9781944648541

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. How Do We Store Memories?

Chapter 2. How Much Do We See?

Chapter 3. Does the Eye Really See?

Chapter 4. How Much Do We Remember?

Chapter 5. Can We Remember More?

Chapter 6. Could We Become More Intelligent?

Chapter 7. Types of Memory

Chapter 8. How Does the Brain Represent Concepts?

Chapter 9. Can Androids Feel?

Notes

Index

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Editorial Reviews

"Rodrigo Quian Quiroga is one of those rare computational neuroscientists who really knows how to bring complex and abstract concepts to a popular audience. This charming and informative book explains current understanding of how memories are encoded in the brain in elegant prose."-Alison Abbott, Nature magazine "A noted brain scientist takes the reader on an exciting whirlwind tour of vision and memory. "-Christof Koch, Chief Scientist and President, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle "If you wish to take a fascinating and memorable journey into the riddles of human perception and memory, The Forgetting Machine is the gate to enter."-Yadin Dudai, professor, Weizmann Institute of Science and New York University