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4.0 out of 5 stars Brain Candy, June 13, 2012
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This review is from: The Scientific American Brave New Brain: How Neuroscience, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Neuroimaging, Psychopharmacology, Epigenetics, the Internet, and ... and Enhancing the Future of Mental Power (Hardcover)
The Scientific American Brave New Brain: How Neuroscience, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Neuroimaging, Psychopharmacology, Epigenetics, the Internet, and ... and Enhancing the Future of Mental Power by Judith Horstman

"The Scientific American Brave New Brain" is a book based on many brain science articles on how many advances in research and technology are changing our brains today and the future. Award-winning journalist, Judith Horstman takes the reader on a journey of brain science; what was yesterday's science fiction is today's science. This brief 208-page book is composed of the following ten chapters: 1. Your Changeable Brain, 2. Boosting Your Brain Power, 3. Manipulating Your Memory, 4. Digital You, 5. Looking Inside Your Brain The Magic of Neuroimaging, Rewiring the Brain Electric, 7. The Bionic Brain, 8. The Possible Dreams, 9. Neuroethics, and 10. The Past Is Prologue.

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1. Popular science book for the masses. Well-written and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL last frontier, our minds., February 15, 2015
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A fairly easy but very informative read on the frontiers of modern brain science. Written in a light, at times breezy, style, it is for the informed reader who wants an easily comprehended guide to the current frontiers of our quest to understand where we really live--within the confines of our brains.
The illustrations are excellent, and facilitate the grasping of the points made by the author in the text. She digresses to give quick basic summaries of DNA, etc., which are a nice refresher for those trained in the biological sciences, but perhaps a little rusty on new developments. Highly recommended, and very thought-provoking, especially as to the approaching train wreck when our rocketing train of brain science collides with our avaricious legal system, to what end none may yet know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick but good read, July 5, 2012
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This book successfully bridges the gap between technical jargon and lay speak in order to produce a book that is both interesting to the scientific mind and can be comprehended by anyone with a passing interest in the brain. Each chapter begins with a short section which gives an overview of the titular topic's past, present, and potential future in order to give a full scope of progress in the field. The writing, while sometimes a little too casual, is concise and does not over explain any topics to the point where they become random words on a page.

Now for the bad part...this book is entirely too short to be a full book. As publicagent already noted, calling this book 208 pages is a huge misnomer. While it was disappointing to see a much smaller book than I had expected, the content covered in these pages is well written enough to merit four stars. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the brain without having to read through cryptic... Read more
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