• Question: Why are you so interested about the brain and not another vital organ like the heart or the lungs?

    Asked by giuola to Meeks, Pete, Stephen, Steve, Tom on 22 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Stephen Curry

      Stephen Curry answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      I think you may have meant this question to be just for Tom?

      The brain is a fascinating organ – some would say it is the most complex thing known in the universe…!

    • Photo: Steve Roser

      Steve Roser answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      I’m a fan of all the bits!

    • Photo: Tom Hartley

      Tom Hartley answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      The brain is very, very complex. There are 100,000,000,000 neurons, with each one being connected to 10,000 others, and all the connections can be strengthened and weakened. The pattern of connections matters – it is what makes us feel emotion, think, see, hear, understand, remember and so on. We don’t really understand how it works and this is what makes it so interesting compared with other organs.

      Everything that makes our existence seem meaningful comes from the brain. So much so, that if someone still has a heathy heart and lungs, but there brain is lifeless, we call them dead (this happens with modern life-support systems that can keep the heart and lungs going forever).

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      Marieke Navin answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      I think this is one for Tom!