August 27, 2020
An Abbreviated History of Neuroscience
Where We Were v.s. Where We Are Today
Network of pins and threads in the shape of a ray of light going through a persons head symbolising that the mind is a prism and thoughts are a refraction process.Source: Adobe Stock
Ah, neuroscience, the study of the squishy, slimy, three-pound computer that rests between our ears. Although the brain is the most complex organ in the body (or as a Trends in Cognitive Sciences Journal review aptly put it, “one of the most complex multicellular structures in biology”), neuroscience itself is only a mere 55 years old.
That’s right — the study of the brain, this omnipotent, protein and fat blob of soft tissue, is probably much younger than your grandparents.
However, that’s not to say humans didn’t attempt to study the brain prior to 1965. There were certainly gallant efforts to make sense of the inner workings of the human mind, arguably starting with some of the greatest ancient philosophers, artists, authors, and poets.
Editor’s notes: I had a blast writing this article! I can’t thank Saima enough for this wonderful opportunity to blab on about the brain on her incredible blog. 🙂
If you love the brain even just a fraction of how much I love it, you’re in for a real treat with this piece!
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