Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Myth of Einstein’s Brain

From a new paper on the myth of Einstein's brain:
In summary the three histological studies of Einstein’s brain have, in spite of claims to the contrary, found essentially no differences between his brain and that of controls. This should not come as any great surprise. The brain is obviously an extremely complex structure… to believe that the analyses of one or a few tiny slices of a single brain could reveal anything related to the specific cognitive abilities of that brain is naïve.
Einstein was smart, but not unusually so compared to his colleagues. It would be more interesting to study the brains of those with objectively superior mental skills, such as memorizing a million digits of pi or being able to solve hard math problems.

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