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Some of the books I read before writing Mindclone

brain books-cropped -IMG_2405Here’s a partial list. These are books on my bookshelves. I borrowed many more from the library. And of course I also read hundreds and hundreds of articles from magazines and from the web. One source that was particularly helpful was KurzweilAI, a weekly digest of the latest advances in science and technology. The relevant articles focused mainly on neuroscience, computer science and quantum computing.

BOOKS I READ ABOUT THE BRAIN AND CONSCIOUSNESS:

Allman, William F.: Apprentices of Wonder
Ausubel, Kenny, Editor: Nature’s Operating Instructions
Blakemore, Colin and Greenfield, Susan: Mindwaves
Calvin, William H.: The Cerebral Symphony
Campbell, Jeremy: The Improbable Machine
Chalmers, David J.: The Conscious Mind
Clarke, Richard A.: Cyber War
Damasio, Antonio: Self Comes to Mind
Damasio, Antonio: The Feeling of What Happens
Deacon, Terrence W.: The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain
Dennett, Daniel: Consciousness Explained
Fischer, Steven Roger: A History of Language
Greenfield, Susan: The Private Life of the Brain
Hawkins, Jeff: On Intelligence
Hofstadter, Douglas: I Am a Strange Loop
Hughes, James: Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future
Kauffmann, Stuart: At Home in the Universe
Kurzweil, Ray: The Age of Spiritual Machines
Kurzweil, Ray: The Singularity is Near
Minsky, Marvin: The Emotion Machine
Noonan, David: Neuro-
Ornstein, Robert: The Evolution of Consciousness
Pearce, Joseph Chilton: Exploring the Crack in the Cosmic Egg
Pinker, Steven: The Language Instinct
Pinker, Steven: Words and Rules
Powers, Richard: Galatea 2.2
Rose, Frank: Into the Heart of the Mind: An American Quest for Artificial Intelligence
Ryle, Gilbert: The Concept of Mind
Satinover, Jeffrey: The Quantum Brain
Scott, Alwyn: Stairway to the Mind
Seife, Charles: Decoding the Universe
Seung, Sebastian: Connectome
Tononi, Giulio: Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul
Ward, Mark: Virtual Organisms
Wiener, Norbert: The Human Use of Human Beings
Wins, Jonathan: Brain & Psyche

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I made my bones as an advertising copywriter. My TV, radio and print ads have amused millions of people and helped sell tons of cleaning products, coffee, macadamia nuts and other goodies. But I prefer that other kind of fiction: short stories and novels. My first published novel, Mindclone, is a near-future look at the amusing and serious consequences of brain-uploading. It’s garnered mostly five star reviews. The sequel is percolating in my brain even now. Stay tuned.

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