Book discussion: How to Create a Mind, by Ray Kurzweil

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  • I haven't read this yet, but it looks very interesting.

    "Ray Kurzweil is arguably today’s most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines.

    Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating."

     

    http://www.amazon.com/How-Create-Mind-Thought-Revealed/dp/0670025291

     

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  • Robert L.

    I read the book and want to discuss it with others. I will be back by mid April (Jury duty again!). I hope that some meeting place like a library conference room can be found by then. In the mean time we can discuss Kurzweil's Hierarchal modules models for observing and predicting the contents of mind and consciousness.

    March 21

  • Michael J.

    In his book Ray offers a sound model of the brain's algorithms used to learn and process information. Ray's model however lacks sufficient neurological experimental proof .

    February 1, 2014

  • Hadassah

    Go ahead and book Bellevue. It may be a good way to weed out the whiners.

    January 31, 2014

  • John

    We should probably book a library space and set a time for this meetup.

    January 26, 2014

    • Michael J.

      I think the organizer should do that

      January 30, 2014

    • Scot B.

      Yes, I believe the major meeting room in the Downtown branch might have a fee, but you can schedule a room once a month in the local branches so long as the meeting is open to anyone and as long as nothing is bought or sold.

      January 31, 2014

  • Michael J.

    I think we ought to make a list of the general topics of the book that we'd like to discuss in the meetings. Maybe the organizer and some of the oldest members of the group could come up with a list that reflects the general interest of most of the members in the meetup.

    January 26, 2014

  • Paula W.

    I know of a free lecture series - not science of the mind - on USA foreign relations topics - through Bainbridge Island Library "Great Decisions" program - many moderators are profs from Seattle universities - at Bethany Lutheran on Finch and High School Road - Saturdays 9:30-11am: Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 15, 22, Mar 1, 15.
    Jan 18 on Israel, Jan 25 on Turkey. If anyone wants to go and consider meeting for lunch after…great!

    January 13, 2014

  • Paula W.

    Would anyone like to meet for the May 23 talk at Gig Harbor Library on book: "Thinking Fast and Slow" and consider extending our discussion over coffee, lunch or dinner in town ?

    January 13, 2014

  • Paula W.

    Am eager to learn of date, time and place of upcoming meetings - for now the Kurzweil book group. Hopefully, as I come from the Kitsap area, the mtg might be in downtown Seattle and I like the idea of scheduling it perhaps March or later. Am new to the Meetup world and have an interest in getting one or more started in the Kitsap area similar to this one and more. Am looking forward to meeting all of you.

    January 13, 2014

  • Oyster

    When is the meeting?

    November 5, 2013

  • marianna

    I would really like to discuss the book. I read bellow some people are not sure even if this group still is active, so I am wondering:

    WHO would be interested in meeting up for the "How to Create a Mind" book discussion?? Like this post if you are. Just curious.

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Kelly

      I would attend!

      September 30, 2013

    • marianna

      Great! I am excited!

      October 6, 2013

  • marianna

    I am reading the book right now. It is interesting the approach that the author is taking on understanding the brain: not through experimentation but through logic (like einstein's mind pictures). But I still don't and think never will understand Einsteins theory how the faster you go, the more time slows down for you...like does that mean time can slow down for you so much that your heart stops beating and cells stop working? Haha i am probably wrong...Hope we can all meet up and discuss...I still have a lot to read though

    1 · September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Marianna--there are many very clear, elegant explanations of the special and general theories of relativity. One of my favorites is in an film by Nicolas Roeg, called "Insignificance."­ In it, Marilyn Monroe explains the theory of relativity to Einstein. You may also want to look at children's books about it. In any event, please don't give up. You'll find good explanations if you want them.

      September 30, 2013

  • Richard A.

    I received the confirmation after I signed up for this meetup but I don't see neither a date for the meeting nor a meeting location.

    September 18, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    I bought this book for this meetup and then got an email stating something about this group not being active anymore. If it's still going and a date is made for book discussion, I'm still in.

    September 17, 2013

  • Kelly

    Yeah, I'd like to know too. I downloaded the book then forgot about it. I don't want to read it till we have a date set so that the book stays fresh in my memory.

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Richard A.

    When and where is this group meeting, how much is the contribution to attend and who is the organizer/leader of the meetup?

    September 17, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Reading this book triggered a number of questions about the mind and its functional algorithms. It is a great book and I enjoyed reading it but I wan to dive deeper into the understanding of the mind and its cognition processes.

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beware of this group. I got an email with a link and now I have to get a different email address :(

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to get it from the library or at least a second hand bookstore before the meet up date. Being that I just joined I'm cutting it close to the dead line I see in previous comments.

    June 2, 2013

  • Mark W.

    I own this, planning to read it soon. Name the date!

    June 1, 2013

  • Kelly

    I just downloaded the book. Tell me when and where and I'll be there.

    May 30, 2013

  • Rebecca M.

    Seattle or South of Seattle would be good for me. I'm in Pierce County.

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about the weekend of June 8-9?

    On May 23, the Pierce county Library, Gig Harbor branch, is hosting a discussion of "Thinking, Fast and Slow." Let me know if you're interested...I know the good places to eat around here.

    April 28, 2013

  • Michele

    I'd be interested in meeting to discuss the ideas in this book. Might have to move the date out so that there is time to really read & take in the book. Say 2 months from now? That should allow time for reading and questions prepared/thoughts brought

    April 10, 2013

    • Jack O.

      I'd be down for your suggestion of 2 months from April 10th.

      1 · April 27, 2013

  • Michele

    I looked this up and then found this on YouTube. Very interesting. It's an hour & half long.
    http://youtu.be/zihTWh5i2C4

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Bernard S.

    I am reading his book now. Great neuroscience in it.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Minds meeting minds, contemplating minds. I don't mind if I do! Looking forward to exploring, conversation and connection...

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • Betsy

    I also would like a weekend, i travel every week and have seen several meetups from this group that I would have liked to attend!

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sure, if it's on a Sat. or Sun.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've meant to read this, so THX. I live so far away from Seattle that the zip code is "E-I-E-I-O," so I hope we can meet on a weekend. Of course, that may not work for most other people.

    1 · January 28, 2013

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