Sunday, May 15, 2016

DESMA Week 7

            I have always had an interest in neuroscience because of how skilled and intellectual you have to be to perfect such a fragile and important part of our body. That is why this week’s theme or topic has caught most of my attention because of how fascinating our brains and our mind work and how it processes so much information.
Some of the parts of our brain and its functions.

            Artists are interested in this topic to learn about our mind, body, and consciousness as said by professor Vesna in the first lecture video. There is so much curiosity on how our brain or mind processes things. What function of our brain is used to develop our language? How do we process things to communicate with others? Well, our consciousness is something we do not quite understand because there are so many parts of the brain that is used to help us move, talk, and separate our left from our right. Aristotle claimed that our brain functions as a cooling mechanism for our blood while all of our real thinking and our thoughts come from our hearts. Of course this is just a philosophy since there was no real science back then behind the use of our brain and what it does.
Thinking with your heart.

            There was not a real way to discover the brain back then since technology was not as advanced as it is today. However, the microscope and electricity played a major role and helped give knowledge to where the brain starts by using cadavers. Franz Joseph Gall was the first to come up with ideas of the cerebral functions and various areas of the brain and originated phrenology: which was to look at the individual’s intellect and personality from an examination of skull shape. Gall also discovered that our brain was separated into 27 different organs, 19 of which are shared with animals. Technology has improved so much today that we now know how our brain functions.
In the nineteenth century, phrenology was hugely influential despite being totally invalid. Its history shows why we must be skeptical of any belief based solely on experience.
Franz Gall's phrenology.


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