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By Sebastian Seung

We all know that every people is exclusive, yet technological know-how has struggled to pinpoint the place, accurately, our distinctiveness is living. Is it in our genes? The constitution of our brains? Our genome might confirm our eye colour or even elements of our character. yet our friendships, disasters, and passions additionally form who we're. The query is: how?

Sebastian Seung, a dynamic professor at MIT, is on a quest to find the organic foundation of id. He believes it lies within the development of connections among the brain's neurons, which switch slowly over the years as we research and develop. The connectome, as it's referred to as, is the place our genetic inheritance intersects with our lifestyles event. It's the place nature meets nurture.

Seung introduces us to the devoted researchers who're mapping the brain's connections, neuron by way of neuron, synapse through synapse. it's a enormous undertaking—the medical an identical of mountain climbing Mount Everest—but in the event that they be successful, it may possibly exhibit the root of character, intelligence, reminiscence, and even perhaps psychological issues. Many scientists speculate that folks with anorexia, autism, and schizophrenia are "wired differently," yet not anyone understands needless to say. The brain's wiring hasn't ever been essentially seen.

In sparklingly transparent prose, Seung unearths the superb technological advances that may quickly aid us map connectomes. He additionally examines the facts that those maps will sometime let people to "upload" their minds into pcs, reaching one of those immortality.

Connectome is a mind-bending event tale, instructed with nice ardour and authority. It offers a bold clinical and technological imaginative and prescient for eventually knowing what makes us who we're. Welcome to the way forward for neuroscience.

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