Michio Kaku’s The Future of the Mind was another wonderful resource for the average person to understand how the mind works and what the potential might be for it. It also sparked the idea of managed evolution as a logical step from human enhancements that are becoming so prevalent in our society.
A thrilling takeaway from the book was the integration of quantum physics within the brain, including decoherence. It also made the point that neurologists are moving towards the belief that free will does not exist. This set-up beautifully in Evolved as the protagonist must first figure out how to by-pass a deterministic universe before even considering how to overcome the Entropy Barrier.
The Future of the Mind Michio Kaku Nonfiction Anchor February 17, 2015 https://www.amazon.com/Future-Mind-Scientific-Understand-Enhance/dp/0307473341?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Michio Kaku, the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.
The Future of the Mind brings a topic that once belonged solely to the province of science fiction into a startling new reality. This scientific tour de force unveils the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics—including recent experiments in telepathy, mind control, avatars, telekinesis, and recording memories and dreams. The Future of the Mind is an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience. Dr. Kaku looks toward the day when we may achieve the ability to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; project thoughts and emotions around the world on a brain-net; take a “smart pill” to enhance cognition; send our consciousness across the universe; and push the very limits of immortality.