Phenomena like telepathy, video-taping our dreams, implanting new memories into our brains, or performing telekinesis have long been the province of science fiction.
But the rapid pace of international research in neuroscience and physics, along with advances in technology, have made or will make the impossible possible.
Dr. Michio Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics at the City College and City University of New York, the public face of science for TV shows like How the Universe Works, and bestselling author of numerous popular books on science, including Parallel Worlds and Physics of the Impossible. His newest book is The Future of the Mind, and in it Kaku explores the secrets of the brain and mind from a physics perspective.
Dr. Kaku says, when it comes to the science of the mind, it's a brave new world.
"Physics has given us the capability of reading thoughts inside the living brain," Kaku says. "Of moving objects with the mind, of recording memories, and even photographing dreams. All of this was considered science fiction 10, 15 years ago."
Dr. Kaku will speak tonight (Thursday) at a gala event held at Discovery World on Pier Wisconsin for the The Milwaukee Center for Independence. The Center is a nonprofit agency that serves children and adults with disabilities, along with their families.