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Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
 
 
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Sebastian Seung.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780547508184
Pages/Publication Date 359/2012
Daedalus Item Code 33143
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We know that each of us is unique, but science still struggles to pinpoint where, precisely, our uniqueness resides. Our genome may determine our eye color and even aspects of our personality, but our friendships, failures, and passions also shape who we are. MIT professor Sebastian Seung believes it lies in the pattern of connections between the brain's neurons—the connectome, as it's called—which change slowly over time as we learn and grow. Seung introduces us to the researchers who are mapping the brain's connections, neuron by neuron; if they succeed, it could reveal the basis of personality, intelligence, memory, and perhaps even mental disorders. He also examines the evidence that these maps will someday allow humans to "upload" their minds into computers, achieving a kind of immortality.

"This is complicated stuff, and it is a testament to Dr. Seung's remarkable clarity of exposition that the reader is swept along with his enthusiasm, as he moves from the basics of neuroscience out to the farthest regions of the hypothetical, sketching out a spectacularly illustrated giant map of the universe of man."—NYTimes

 
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