Over two months since my last post... I think it's time my blog took a new route*! So today I'm here to talk to you about..... the brain.
I love films. I love medicine. I love science. I adore combinations of all three. There's just one problem.... Movies often get it wrong. One of the most common ways movies screw up is in showing the brain. Here's an example....
That clip is from Pathology, which if you haven't seen it, you should. I'm not saying it's the best film in the world, but it's pretty fucked up and I enjoyed it. As you can see, Michael Weston's character extracts the brain, holds it for a while, then sets it on the scales. Usual pathology schtick. Note the loud "thunk" at the end as he practically chucks the brain in the scale pan (WHICH WILL TOTALLY RUIN THE CALIBRATION, BY THE WAY).
Why is this wrong? Well, let's look at the scene here. That corpse is pretty fresh. Those guys aren't students, and that is, by the looks of things, the initial removal of the brain. Conclusion? That would be what's referred to as an "unfixed" brain. An unfixed brain, looks a little something like this....
Tadaa!! Squishy, right? Imagine what would happen if you chucked that bad boy in a pan. Sploosh! Now you know a new fact about the brain. Actually, you'll know several if you watch the entirety of the second video.
If you are more of a music fan, here's a wonderful song by "Symphony of Science" on the brain...
And the utterly wonderful TED talk by Jill Bolte Taylor on the brain (Yep, this is the talk used in the Symphony of Science remix!)
I hope you come away from this knowing a little more about the brain. It's seriously fascinating stuff. So, here's my new format. Sharing things which interests me. Expect more or the same, and fingers crossed some of you will enjoy my browsings and sharings.
(*I've been abandoning my blog, yet again. Looking back through my blog, I find it doesn't really represent me and my interests very well. It's too wishy washy. Too average. I've tried to hard to be like other bloggers and it's been to the detriment of my content because hell, I just don't have the same interests! I love reading blogs from people who do beauty posts, or style posts, maybe food and photography, but that's not what I am all about.
With that in mind, I've decided to take my blog down a more me-ish freeform route. I see so many things day-to-day on the net I'd love to share, and talk about, but I just don't. Now I'm going to! I know for a fact there are other people like me about, and it's about time I pandered to me.... I mean them. This is going to be my first such blog post in my new format, so I hope you enjoy! )