History and Philosophy

Hans Selye: The Discovery of Stress

G.A.S. Spells Stress As with so many wondrous discoveries of science and medicine, it was by chance that Hungarian-born Hans Selye (1907-1982) stumbled upon the idea of the General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.), which he first wrote about in the British… Continue Reading →

Santiago Ramon y Cajal: “The Father of Neuroscience”

A prime payload of the 1998 spring flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia was Neurolab, a “space laboratory” packed with experiments focused on the human brain. The shuttle also carried what NASA researcher Kerry Walton termed “the first historically important… Continue Reading →

Century of the Brain

As one learns more about neuroscience and those who study it, there is almost a sense of Greek tragedy — an element of hubris is always lurking about. What bravado to study something so complex and so …well … incomprehensible!… Continue Reading →

Rights and Wrongs: The Emerging Field of Neuroethics

In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kate Winslet played a young woman who had all memory of her unsatisfactory love affair with Jim Carrey erased. In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley imagined a place where citizens take… Continue Reading →

Think like an Ancient Egyptian: The First Mention of the Brain

The brain is the center of intelligence and reason, but humans have taken a long time to use theirs to figure out that important fact. Early cultures had ideas about how the mind and body worked-and developed myths to explain… Continue Reading →

A Conversation with William H. Calvin

When I first met Bill Calvin it was at a convention of Futurists, in a loud room filled with passionate people discussing important issues such as the societal impact of nanotechnology and alternative fuels. Dr. Calvin’s voice was barely a… Continue Reading →

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