Brain Revolutions, Old and New

Blogging will be light for a few days because my hard drive devoured itself last night. I just wanted to mention a couple brain-related items. First off, I’ve got a profile in today’s New York Times of Michael Gazzaniga, one of the most fascinating people involved in science today. His research on the split minds of people with split brains would be fascinating enough, but now he’s trying to use these insights to make sense of the confusing choices that bioethics now forces us to make. (Gazzaniga’s a feisty member of the President’s Council on Bioethics.)

For another take on the brain and our sense of who we are, let me also direct your attention to the paperback edition of Soul Made Flesh, which is due in bookstores in June and is already available on Amazon. It looks at the birth of neurology in the 1600s. If you think these are strange times, neurologically speaking, imagine an era when people thought the brain was no more capable of thought than a bowl of curds.