Fiction Richard Powers Galatea 2.2

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Galatea 2.2

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9780060976927: Galatea 2.2

Atlantic Books is proud to be publishing Richard Powers' backlist titles, re-jacketed in paperback. "Galatea 2.2" is a dazzling novel of ideas, that interrogates why we make the choices we do, and what constitutes the human soul. After many years of living abroad, a young writer returns to the United States to take up the position of Humanist-in-Residence at the Centre for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There he encounters Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent on using computers to model the human brain. Lentz involves the writer in an outlandish and irresistible project: to train a neural net by reading a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the machine grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own age, sex, race, and reason for existing...

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After four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of "Galatea 2.2" Richard Powers returns to the United States as Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer-based neural networks. Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project: to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the device grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own name, sex, race, and reason for exisiting."

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"Dazzling...a cerebral thriller that's both intellectually engaging and emotionally compelling, a lively tour de force." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"A splendid intellectual adventure, a heartbreaking love story, a brief tutorial on cognitive science, and the autobiography of one of the most gifted writers of the younger generation." --"The Washington Post Book World"
"Terse and heartbreaking." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"Brilliantly imaginative." --"Time"
"I love and admire this book...but I cannot give an adequate sense of its many marvels....One of the most beautiful and baffling dialogues in recent fiction." --"The Boston Globe"

Dazzling...a cerebral thriller that's both intellectually engaging and emotionally compelling, a lively tour de force. "Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times"

A splendid intellectual adventure, a heartbreaking love story, a brief tutorial on cognitive science, and the autobiography of one of the most gifted writers of the younger generation. "The Washington Post Book World"

Terse and heartbreaking. "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

Brilliantly imaginative. "Time"

I love and admire this book...but I cannot give an adequate sense of its many marvels....One of the most beautiful and baffling dialogues in recent fiction. "The Boston Globe""

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