This book is for today and for people interested in 'brain activity mapping' and what it means to humanity.
” ...this novel could function as an auxiliary educational tool for young adult readers interested in robotics, neuroscience, or nanotechnology.” .... ForeWord Clarion Review
Well-researched. . . Kirkus Reviews
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I believe this book will appeal to not only sci-fi buffs who are interested in neuroscience, but also to people who ask philosophical and/or scientific questions about God, the evolution and meaning of life, consciousness, emotions and so on. As any neurologist will tell you, the three pound tissue inside our head controls everything about our lives, although most people like to think they, and not this tissue, are in total control of what they do every minute of their waking time. But, isn’t this organ part of us? What defines us? We think our conscious actions define who we are, but the reality is we are not conscious of 98% of what our body does.
Pete McRae, the main character in this story, wants to see if the electronic brain he created can express the biological trait of having emotions in addition to the the ability to complete simple tasks like humans. He does not know a way by which to prove that the electronic simulation of the human brain can go through an emotional experience. As he would find out later, he doesn't have to. The brain simulation shows it is capable of emotional experience in an unexpected way. Now, who is not interested in emotions? I am sure, readers who may not be sc-fi buffs would also find the message from this science fiction very relevant and worth their time.
My approach to sci-fi is different from most others. I try to explain the state of technology as it exists today and entice the reader to imagine what will the very near future - ie. a future within the lifetime of most people living today - be like, if technology progresses at the current pace. No doubt, the science concepts are stretched in the story, but not so much that it becomes totally unbelievable (Also, please see my blog on believable sci-fi). I am sure the reader will appreciate how relevant this story is to our time, not a time in the far future. This book, I am very confident, will kindle your passion to know more about this mysterious tissue inside all our heads.
Recent report on the push by Obama administration to fund a major project to elucidate a complete map of neuronal activity in the brain further validates my view that this sci-fi story will be a reality sooner than we may think. Please, see my blog on this Brain Activity Mapping (BAM) initiative and what this will mean to the future of neuroscience.