Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Where is dignity located in your brain?


How does the brain work? Why do we think what we think and what part of information is stored in what part of the brain? In 1912 Alasha Sivartha published  “The Book of Life: The Spiritual and Physical Constitution of Man.” Sivartha’s personal life and title is a bit of a mystery. Some refer to him as a doctor, while others say he was a philosopher. A website hosted by his great-great grandson, Don Ross, states Sivartha was “a medical doctor, artist, lecturer, and a deeply spirited man.”  Ross also says that Alesha Sivartha was a pen name for a man named Arthur E. Merton.

Sivartha sectioned off the brain into corresponding organs, but he also seemed to understand that the brain is comprised of much smaller units. In The Book of Life he called the human brain the “Tree of Life,” which had a central tube, branches, and cells:
“For the brain is a mass of microscopic fibres or tubules which terminate in cells… A fair estimate gives at least 1,200,000,000 of these cells in each hemisphere of the brain.”
Sivartha's estimation was a little off. We know today that there are approximately one hundred billion neurons in the brain that are responsible for neurological processes.



 
And although it was the early days of neuroscience, all these maps look very impressive to me, a hundred years later:



5 comments:

  1. Nice and interesting post again, Han.
    I wiil always be amazed at the brain's mysteries. how healthy areas can take over the function of damaged.

    Thank you.
    Mona Lisa

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    1. Thank you for reading, Mona Lisa. Yes, the human mind, we know a lot of, and also a lot yet to learn...

      Han

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  2. We humans are so complex, the more we learn about ourselves, the more marvelous we realize we are.
    hugs abby

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    1. If you would have to invent something, it would be very hard to create something like the human body and mind...

      Han

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