austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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When I Held Your Brain In My Arms

I bet you haven't gone thinking about neuroscience in ages, possibly longer, which is fine, but it'd be pretty caddish of you neuroscientists out there to take me up on the bet. You should have better things to do than pick quarrels over my rhetorical tricks anyway. That's something for the advance team of offensive forensics experts to be doing. Let them have their glory.

Anyway, the neat thing about neuroscience is that most of what anyone knows about it is wrong, and what they know that isn't wrong is so misleading it would be easier if it were just wrong instead. For example, everyone has heard about how we only use ten percent of our brain. What's misleading about this point is that we don't say what it is we use that ten percent of our brains for. Some use it for thinking, some use it for light crafts, some use it as a place to keep the spatulas. It's the other ninety percent that ought to interest us, because that's the part the brain is using for its own purposes, and it'll tell us what those are only when it's good and ready.


And do please follow me over to the rest of my main humor entry for this week. Also run in the past seven days are a couple of short bits, to wit:

Trivia: While Nintendo sold more than 60,000 Donkey Kong units in the United States, it sold only thirty thousand Donkey Kong Junior (1982), twenty thousand Popeye (also 1982), and five thousand Donkey Kong 3 (1983). Source: The Ultimate History Of Video Games, Steven L Kent.

Currently Reading: Michigan History, July/August 2013, Editor Patricia Majher.

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