Thursday, October 26, 2006

Will we ever really understand?


Who cut off my head?
Originally uploaded by Stephan Schleim.
The more I read about the brain, the more I'm certain we don't know much. Today, I read an article in Wired about prosopagnosia, or face blindness. People who suffer from prosopagnosia dont' see faces. From the Wired article:
For most of his childhood, Choisser thought he was normal. He just assumed that nobody saw faces. But slowly, it dawned on him that he was different. Other people recognized their mothers on the street. He did not. During the 1970s, as a small-town lawyer in the Illinois Ozarks, he struggled to convince clients that he was competent even though he couldn't find them in court. He never greeted the judges when he passed them on the street – everyone looked similarly blank to him – and he developed a reputation for arrogance. His father, also a lawyer, told him to pay more attention. His mother grew distant from him. He felt like he lived in a ghost world. Not being able to see his own face left him feeling hollow.
He didn't recognize faces? He's evidently not along... at all... There's a research center housed at Harvard and University College London.

Anyway, I recommend the Wired article and this piece by Bill Choisser. And I'm sure there's more. Fascinating stuff.

Will we ever figure out the brain?

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