The Science of "Mini-brains"

StartFragment What makes the human brain so, well, human? It’s not purely a matter of size—from studying the cranial cavities of...

Why Evidence Doesn't Matter

Given that a good reporter is supposed to be both truthful and balanced, how should journalists cover an issue when opposing camps refuse...

Old science and new horizons

The human brain is one of the true wonders of the world; after all, it contained the source material for building each of the seven...

The Brain as a Supercomputer

Have you ever wondered how your brain and your smartphone's operating systems compare? After all, people commonly draw analogies between...

How Your Brain is Like an Ant Colony

Ants are amazing. They can carry 50 times their body weight. Their total biomass worldwide equals the total biomass of humans. Fungus...

The Strange Case of Phineas Gage, redux

In January of 2013, I wrote a post on one of neuroscience’s most famous cases. New details make it necessary to retell the story. It’s...

Is Thanksgiving Doomed?

How do I know Thanksgiving is over? I simply look out the back window of my home to witness the brilliant array of Christmas lights. To...

About Face

I’m writing to you from Shanghai tonight, a city of contradictions where it’s just as likely you’ll find a person on their Macbook Air as...

Man vs. Mouse

Mickey Mouse is far more formidable than you might imagine. It’s no secret that Walt Disney has built an entire empire––or kingdom, if...