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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, November 14, 2012
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This review is from: How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed (Hardcover)
Being an avid Ray Kurzweil fan, had expected something interesting from him. For all
practical purposes, i knew that there would be no ground-breaking secret revealed.
Rather, i had expected a nice framework, a platform to step upon or at least one new
perspective.

This book is just a slightly different take on Jeff Hawkins work On Intelligence.

By the time, i reached chapter 3 and read about the PRTM, i wanted to quickly read the rest
of the book and get over with it. Somehow, i felt that the book "On Intelligence" by Jeff
Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee was much better and more logical with apt experiments
documented to highlight every point.

This book taught me "Hierarchical hidden markov models", a lot of things that happened at
Ray's former offices, loads of marketing for Nuance and Siri and frankly, nothing else.

Ray, if you happen to read this comment, nothing personal. Just a great fan of yours ranting
about his disappointment here.
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2012 8:37:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2012 8:37:56 PM PST
What you are describing is almost what i was expecting from the book. :-/

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 6:59:55 PM PST
M. A. Plus says:
Ray keeps trying to get an additional 15 minutes of celebrity, but he's run out of juice and should give it a rest.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 12:18:42 AM PST
BruceK says:
I have not finished reading this book and want to hold off reviewing it until I do and have time to give it a fair analysis, but the farther I read into it the more it just seems like an ad for Kurzweil.

He spends the whole book going over all the stuff that anyone interested in this stuff would already know, or could pick up on without pages of puffed up text.

In terms of "How To Create A Mind" this book has not one clue, even though I am pretty sure Kurzweil could get a lot closer to that book than the one he wrote and named it.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 12:26:59 PM PDT
Sparrow says:
I thumbed through this book at my local bookstore in manhattan and was impressed enough to order it. There are quit a few kernels of wisdom in this book to help some people who are suffering and struggling with emotional disorders that could very well open the mind to new approaches towards a particular disorder. Don't be so quick to give it 1 star.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2013 12:36:03 PM PDT
BruceK says:
I read the book, so maybe it's you that is quick to think it is about something it is not - ie how to handle emotional disorders ... that's absurd.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2013 2:55:38 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2013 2:59:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 18, 2013 3:00:17 PM PDT
Sparrow says:
Bruce, try not to pass your "absurd" opinions off as facts. And, who are YOU, to state what could help someone from this book? Maybe you're not as sharp as you think you are.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2013 3:15:26 PM PDT
BruceK says:
I have reported you to Amazon for having two accounts.

> Posted - Oct 18, 2013 2:55:38 PM PDT
> Tracey Ceurvels says:
> Bruce, try not to pass off your "absurd" opinions as facts. And,
> who are YOU to state what helps one person and not the other?

So, Tracy Ceurvels and Sparrow as the same lying and exaggerating person.

Deleted in seconds to post this Sparrow review. I never claimed to be sharp, but I did read the book, and maybe you are not as sharp and you apparently just thumbed through the book.

> There are quit a few kernels of wisdom in this book to help some people who are suffering and struggling with emotional disorders

I think it is far from sharp to think that a "few kernels of wisdom" are going to seriously help anyone with mental disorders, and it is borderline quackery to say that.

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