Subtitle: Essays by the World's Leading Neuroscientists
I found it echoing a lot of the stuff I believe, and wrote about last time, but these people say it in a nicer way. Here is the first paragraph of the preface:
There’s never been a more exciting moment in neuroscience than now. Although the field has existed for two centuries, going back to the days of Phineas Gage and the tamping iron that exploded through his left frontal lobe, progress has in many ways been slow. At present, neuroscience is a collection of facts, still awaiting an overarching theory; if there has been plenty of progress, there is even more that we don’t know. But a confluence of new technologies, many described in this book, may soon change that.
Although many neuroscientists might take for granted that the principal process by which the brain does its work is some form of computation, almost all agree that the most foundational properties of neural computation have yet to be discovered.
There is even a guy using that Feynman's quote to illustrate how building an artificial brain would be a demonstration of understanding neural computation.
The general consensus seems to be that we're all sorta striving toward and waiting for the "big unifying theory", trying out (almost) random stuff and attacking the problem from many different sides. Fun fact: there are apparently about ten thousand independent neuroscience labs around the world (!?!).
I feel like neuroscience will be the foundational ground for other sciences - once we really understand how the brain works, we will understand the limitations of our theories and biases introduced by the brain. Math and physics should be influenced to begin with. Psychology will completely transform from a mostly "soft", "pop" science to something more precise and predictive. Then, maybe, economics and sociology will follow. And we'll have artificial brains around us to help or whatever.