How Your Brain Works. Or Doesn’t.
National Geographic, in its February 2014 issue cover story, “The New Science of the Brain,” dares to go where no mortal has gone before, inside the human brain.
Science has, until now, known relatively little about the brain. We know what the brain can do, but we often don’t know how it does what it does. For example, is there really such a thing as a brain fart? A brain freeze? A brainiac? Ancient physicians believed the brain was made of phlegm, which is, uncannily, exactly how Life in the Boomer Lane would describe her brain during hay fever season. Until the Renaissance, doctors believed that all of our perceptions, emotions and actions were the result of animal spirits that swirled around in our heads and then travelled through the body. Although much progress had been made since then by dissecting the brains of animals and by becoming aware…
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