• Question: You experiment on the Brain, What do you find interesting about the brain?

    Asked by yazmine to Tom on 22 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by lily.
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      Tom Hartley answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      Hi Yazmine, thanks for the question.

      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. Some people have called it the most complex object in the known Universe, and this is not much of an exaggeration.

      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 fascinating. Everything that makes our existence seem meaningful comes from the brain.