Banana Essay

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Humans over millions of years of evolution have developed the ability to solve complex problems, un-matched by any other species on the planet. They have built cities more complex than any other species on the planet could by utilizing the collaboration of their minds. They have discovered more about the world than any other species could ever hope to learn. A result of these facts is the mass cultural assumption, that the human brain, like the humans they are in, are more advanced, and superior to their animal counterparts. However, new scientific studies have shown that humans brains really are not that special and that contrary to assumption, the general layout of the human brain is nearly identical to animal brains and humans have nearly the same brain chemistry. In fact because of the human brain’s similarity to animal’s brains, it will instinctively respond to stimuli much like an animal brain would.
Michael Bricks from NOVA said the world is presented as a jumble of chemical signals to our nervous system, and it is the brain that splices all this random information together, into something meaningful. These chemical signals travel to the brain along the intricate branches of the nervous system and are then transported through the brain by the collaboration of millions of neurons. One question that arises from Michael Bricks statement is how do scientists learn how the brain works? Well, as Mark Bolstad, a scientist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (the institute’s primary focus being the brain) told me, scientists challenge the brain with the puzzles, such as mazes, and monitor the brain’s activity using electrodes. However, most scientists probably begin their study on animals, not humans. It’s reasonable to conclude this is because testing humans is not only dangerous, but also unethical. This same reason also applies to cosmetics testing. It is also reasonable to conclude then that animals brains are very similar to ours in function, otherwise using the data we get from animals and assuming it would be applicable to humans would be completely un-scientific.
The human brain reacts to some situations in ways that would be typically unexpected because of its animalistic similarities and residual primal instincts. These peculiar reactions could almost be described as a flaw and no group of individuals are better at pointing out these “flaws” than magicians. Magic is all about distraction and misdirection, focusing specifically on the brains mental equity and attention to motion. For example, in many simple card tricks, the magician will make a large curved motion with one hand, called a flourish, while the other hand does the real card manipulation. As Michael Bricks said “when you follow the magicians hand you have more than one task being done by brain cells. One group of cells is devoted to following the curved motion of the magicians hand, while the other group is actually suppressing all other parts of your view." This...

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