Connectome by Sebastian Seung
How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are. by Sebastian Seung

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There are several glaring omissions that I...find problematic...he neglects to mention that gene expression patterns are tightly regulated in space and time, and that the activity of genes can be modified by so-called "epigenetic" modifications.
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“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.”—Abigail Zuger, M.D., New York Times

Every person is unique, but science has struggled to pinpoint where, precisely, that uniqueness resides. Our genome may determine our eye color and even aspects of our character. But our friendships, failures, and passions also shape who we are. The question is: how?

Sebastian Seung is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience. He believes that our identity lies not in our genes, but in the connections between our brain cells—our particular wiring. Seung and a dedicated group of researchers are leading the effort to map these connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. It’s a monumental effort, but if they succeed, they will uncover the basis of personality, identity, intelligence, memory, and perhaps disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

Connectome is a mind-bending adventure story that presents a daring scientific and technological vision for understanding what makes us who we are, both as individuals and as a species.

“Accessible, witty, imminently logical and at times poetic, Connectome establishes Seung as an important new researcher, philosopher and popularizer of brain science. It puts him on par with cosmology’s Brian Greene and the late Carl Sagan.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
 

About Sebastian Seung

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Sebastian Seung is Professor of Computational Neuroscience at MIT and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has made important advances in robotics, neuroscience, neuroeconomics, and statistical physics. His research has been published in leading scientific journals, and also featured in the New York Times, Technology Review, and the Economist.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Mariner Books. 389 pages
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Reviewed by Mo Costandi on Sep 21 2012

There are several glaring omissions that I...find problematic...he neglects to mention that gene expression patterns are tightly regulated in space and time, and that the activity of genes can be modified by so-called "epigenetic" modifications.

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Reviewed by Daniel J Levitin on Feb 04 2012

..."Connectome" offers the equivalent of a college course on neuroscience...He also throws in a bit of neurochemistry, assuming no prior knowledge of biology, chemistry or psychology.

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