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Isn't there a "brain" type formation in the solar plexus? Could this take over some of the functions of the missing brain?
And the word "mum" is just a sound and may not be related to the child understanding that "mum" means mother.
“But what is remarkable about this case is that the brain stem doesn’t control our thinking or consciousness, so the fact that he can do things like giggle and smile and say a basic word like ‘Mummy’ is fascinating.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: RP2SticksOfDynamite
This is...incredible. There is no other way to describe it.
I will tell you this for nothing though. Every bit of research that has been done into the function and mechanical process of the brain, tells us that this should be impossible.
I suggest however, that the brain stem this little chap has, cannot be regular in construction. It must have some adaptations, which allow it to mimic the function of things like the neurolinguistic processes, which have allowed this young fellow to speak the word "mummy" for the first time. Ordinarily, having nothing more than a brainstem would mean that nothing more than the simplest biological functions could ever be processed. The ugly term "vegetable" would normally apply. Therefore, it stands to reason that this young fellows brainstem has some unique properties, not shared by the brainstem of others.
originally posted by: RP2SticksOfDynamite
Surely this begins the rewriting of the medical journals on the human brain and it vital importance for life and consciousness!
Any smart brain experts out there got an opinion on this because I think its frigging incredible and opens a whole new chapter about the brain or no brain.