posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 01:07 AM
Is Your Brain Really Necessary?
Do you really have to have a brain? The reason for my apparently absurd question is the remarkable research conducted at the University of Sheffield
by neurology professor the late Dr. John Lorber.
When Sheffield’s campus doctor was treating one of the mathematics students for a minor ailment, he noticed that the student’s head was a little
larger than normal. The doctor referred the student to professor Lorber for further examination.
The student in question was academically bright, had a reported IQ of 126 and was expected to graduate. When he was examined by CAT-scan, however,
Lorber discovered that he had virtually no brain at all.
Instead of two hemispheres filling the cranial cavity, some 4.5 centimetres deep, the student had less than 1 millimetre of cerebral tissue covering
the top of his spinal column. The student was suffering from hydrocephalus, the condition in which the cerebrospinal fluid, instead of circulating
around the brain and entering the bloodstream, becomes dammed up inside.
Comment: Okay now we are back to square one, where a person with almost no brain has shown that he can act just as a normal person. It looks like
nobody has an argument anymore, since who even needs 10 percent of a brain any more, under certain conditions. The truth is always stranger than
fiction, and stranger than any preconceptions about reality.