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Authors: Eva Zerovnik (Dept. Biochem. Mol. & Struct. Biology, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia) Olga Markic and Andrej Ule (Dept. Philosophy, Univ. Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia) 
Book Description:
Modern science is so much specialized that it seems utopic to try to follow it all at once. This new book is aimed at crossing the gap between specialists and a common understanding of 'modern science'. It would seem desirable that all educated people would know something from the humanities, literature, art but also the newest developments of natural sciences. One aim of this book is to point out the main messages of certain scientific fields, and what is really new and beyond the average educational level, in order to broaden our horizons. Therefore, at the end of the chapters each scientific field possible future contributions and and ethical concerns, if any, are elaborated.

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Table of Contents:
Preface

Introductory
by Andrej Ule: Science on the path towards new horizons and beyond (pp. 1-23)

Part A. Contemporary science: new developments

1. Neuroplasticity, or the importance of having a plastic brain
(Maja Bresjanac* & Grega Repovš) (pp. 27-50)

2. The genes and the junk: recent advances in the studies of gene regulation.
(Matjaž Barborič, Tina Lenasi, Nika Lovšin and Jernej Ule, Jr) (pp. 51-76)

3. Understanding molecular background of Alzheimer's disease; in search for a cure
(Eva Žerovnik) (pp. 77-96)

4. Advances in stem cell research
(Anthony Atala) (pp. 97-111)

5. Reflections on stem cells usage in restoring neurodegenerative damage
(Franz-Josef Müller*, Jeanne F. Loring and Paul Christian Baier) (pp. 113-131)

6. How intelligent can robots become; implications and concerns (Matjaž Gams) (pp. 133-148)

7. The Concept of Free Will Entering the Field of Neurological Sciences
(Zvezdan Pirtošek) (pp. 149-158)

8. Neuroscience and the Image of the Mind
(Olga Markic) (pp. 159-168)

Part B. Beyond the current knowledge; a more holistic view

9. Ways to new sustainable energy sources
(Andrej Detela) (pp. 171-195)

10. Evidence for biofield
(Robert Leskovar, Rok Krašovec and Igor Jerman*)(pp. 197-214)

11. How to research experience?
(Urban Kordeš) (pp. 215-232)

12. Consciousness and Vision
(Mitja Peruš) (pp. 233-261)

13. Natural and machine learning, intelligence and Consciousness
(Igor Kononenko) (pp. 263-282)

14. Philosophical reflections on the history and future of science and spirituality
(Thomas C. Daffern) (pp. 283-313)

Index

   Series:
      Scientific Revolutions - Vladimir N. Uversky (University of South Florida, USA), Series Editor
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009 3rd Quarter
   Pages: 7 x 10, 344pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-373-8
   Status: AV
  
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