How does this brain stuff work, anyway?
Ever notice how when the pad of your finger gets hurt, it really, really hurts? What if you bite your tongue? Pretty unpleasant. Have you ever noticed a scratch, cut, or other boo-boo on your leg, back, arm, or somewhere else, and thought “How did I do that”? Why is one so obvious when it … Continue reading The Little Man in Your Head (Really)
What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without sleep? A day or two? How did you feel? How was your thinking? Do you remember much of it? Back in 1959, a New York radio DJ named Peter Tripp stayed awake, in a glass booth in Times Square, where everyone could see him, and went live, on … Continue reading A Sleep Deprived DJ
Phineas Gage, a hardworking, well-liked young guy had an accident one day. In 1848, during the expansion of our nation’s railroad system, the foreman was making way for new tracks near Cavendish, Vermont. Getting ready to blast boulders out of the way, he poured gunpowder into a hole drilled in a rock. Using a tamping … Continue reading A Brain With a Great Big Hole in It