The Future of the Brain: The Promise and Perils of Tomorrows Neuroscience

Paperback | June 15, 2006

bySteven Rose

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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 itmeans 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 aboutthe brain, from its three-billion-year evolution, to its astonishingly rapid development in the embryo, to the miraculous process of infant development. More important, he shows what all this science can--and cannot--tell us about the human condition. He examines questions that still bafflescientists 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 tocontrol 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 years to come.

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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 itmeans to be human. In The Future of the...

Steven Rose is Professor of Biology and Director of the Brain and Behavior Research Group at The Open University, and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College, London. He has written or edited 15 books, including The Chemistry of Life, The Conscious Brain, The Making of Memo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:June 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Rose cautions that the power to mend the mind confers the power to manipulate it, so the understanding of neuroscience he provides permits his readers to consider the implications of imminent developments."--Booklist