I really enjoyed the way this book mixed some detail about neuroscience with the man's theories. Overall, the book is a really good listen but it kind of dies out just when it starts to apply the framework to try to explain 'why things are' and that is one of the most empowering aspects of a theory or general framework. It was kinda like losing power just when the movie approached the climax. Nutshell: thoroughly enjoyable way to 'dive' into thinking about intelligence.
Everyone can relate to this book because it tries to explain the activity of the brain in our moment-to-moment existence. You may find yourself paying closer attention to everything you do (and especially everything you think) while absorbing the author's explanation of how you are doing it. Hawkins' theory is insightful, convincing, and even surprising. Just as remarkable, it is easily understood by persons with little background in the field. The book is also well narrated, though if your player allows you to, I personally recommend playback at 110% speed to make the voice sound more normal (I think Audible purposely reduced the speed to make the book more digestible). The author went to some lengths to make the book as enjoyable as possible for Audible customers, narrating the preface himself and verbally explaining some of the book's illustrations. These illustrations are available for download at Audible from the book's summary page and I highly recommend that you take advantage of them. Don't let the plain title and cover art deter you--this is one of the best nonfiction books at Audible.com.
I really did enjoy this book. Very interesting. The only thing that is so irritating is the hogwash about evolution. It is presented as a fact, and used as if it is understood so well, that one could base scientific conclusions on it! NONSENSE!! Just stick to what is actually proven and tested, and the book would have been a 5 star for me. Fine, don't bring God into it if you don't want to.. just leave the fairy tail of pure chance out as well
In many cases across several topics the author leeps to conclusions that simply do not make since in order to justify his own point of view. also a good portion of the book is about the authors life, I really dont care why he didn't make it into MIT witch he drones on about for a while.
Groundbreaking theories that convince. One gets the impression that "artificial intelligence" and "computer science" cannot progress much further. These fields may have to discard the last 70 years of developing on the Von Neumann architecture and start again.
Very impressed with book, Jeff's Ideas and the clarity of explanation. Looking for more in the future on this topic, hopefully from this author. Well worth the money.
This book offers a fascinating look into the workings of the human mind. Jeff does a great job making the heavy-duty science easy to understand. You'll find yourself talking to other people about what you learn since it's so intuitive to how we operate.
Man if you can possibly keep up with the descriptions of what nerves do what and how and where then you are obviously more intelligent than I am. This isn't saying much though. Myself I had a hard time. I think that I need to buy this book and see the pictures that were so eloquently described.
The bottom line to the book is that we don't have a clue as to how the brain works, and to design a computer that would be able to properly analyze how a frontal cortex does what it does nerve by nerve you would need to build a brain.
Aha the great paradox, strikes again. Good luck.
I rated this at four stars because Stefan Rudnicki is so cool.
I found that the book introduces an interesting framework for intelligence and how our brain processes information. There are many concepts and novel approaches to understand this processing power and how it can work at the required speeds to perceive the ever changing environment.
What I found a bit disturbing was the certainty that in many cases the author embed in his statements, in a field that there is much to be confirmed and asserted, this level of certainty is risky to say the least.
The book would have benefited very much by being shorter, maybe half of the book. At times it becomes boring because it tends to repeat many times the same concepts and ideas.
An alternative would have been to divide the book in two, one a general overview of the ideas with examples and then a more formal book where the author provides the conciseness and support needed to more formally support the framework.
Overall the concepts do provide a very interesting framework.