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Is your brain certainly necessary? - art


The basis for the deceptively absurd distrust in the title is the remarkable delve into conducted at the Academy of Sheffield by neurology professor the late Dr. John Lorber.

When Sheffield's campus doctor of medicine was treating one of the math students for a minor ailment, he noticed that the student's head was a barely bigger than normal. The physician referred the undergraduate to professor Lorber for advance examination.

The undergraduate in distrust was rationally bright, had a reported IQ of 126 and was predictable to graduate. When he was examined by CAT-scan, however, Lorber open that he had close to no brain at all.

Instead of two hemispheres big the cranial cavity, some 4. 5 centimetres deep, the undergraduate had less than 1 millimetre of brainy bandanna layer the top of his spinal column. The learner was affliction from hydrocephalus, the clause in which the cerebrospinal fluid, as a substitute of circulating about the brain and incoming the bloodstream, becomes dammed up inside.

Normally, the clause is fatal in the first months of childhood. Even where an characteristic survives he or she is by and large critically handicapped. Somehow, though, the Sheffield apprentice had lived a entirely conventional life and went on to gain an honours amount in mathematics.

Professor Lorber (who was a appendage of the commission meeting to choose who must be awarded the Nobel Prize) identified numerous hundred colonize who have very small highbrow hemispheres but who arrive on the scene to be customary clever individuals. Some of them he describes as having 'no detectable brain', yet they have scored up to 120 on IQ tests.

No-one knows how colonize with 'no detectable brain' are able to do at all, let alone to accommodate in mathematics, but there are a connect theories. One idea is that there is such a high level of redundancy of do in the common brain that what a small amount corpse is able to learn to deputise for the gone astray hemispheres.

Another, similar, air is the old idea that we only use a small percentage of our brains at least - conceivably as diminutive as 10 per cent. The bother with these ideas is that more contemporary do research seems to contradict them. The functions of the brain have been mapped far and even if there is some redundancy there is also a high gradation of specialisation - the motor area and the visual cortex being amply definite for instance. Similarly, the idea that we 'only use 10 per cent of our brain' is a difference of opinion dating from examine in the 1930s in which the functions of large areas of the cortex could not be dogged and were dubbed 'silent', when in fact they are connected with crucial functions like address and abstract thinking.

The other exciting thing about Lorber's findings is that they prompt us of the mystery of memory. At first it was attention that recall would have some corporal substrate in the brain, like the remembrance chips in a PC. But broad investigation of the brain has curved up the astonishing fact that recollection is not located in any one area or in a definite substrate. As one eminent neurologist put it, 'memory is far and wide in the brain and nowhere. ' But if the brain is not a device for classifying and storing experiences and analysing them to facilitate us to live our lives then what on earth is the brain for? And where is the seat of human intelligence? Where is the mind?

Lorber's discovery is far from isolated. In researching my book 'Alternative Science' I found accurately scores of such cases of controlled discoveries that are well-attested with beefy as the crow flies laboratory evidence, and yet are unnoticed by conformist science. Many more such examples are also given on the Complementary Skill Website.

Copyright Richard Milton 1994-2005

Richard Milton is a writer, journalist and newscaster and creator of five books plus the controversial 'Alternative Science'. His Different Skill website at http://www. alternativescience. com contains many extraordinary examples of hard controlled confirmation for irregular phenomena being ignored.


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