Aristotle is frequently regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of antiquity. So why didn't he think much of his brain?
In this brief history of the brain (what we call 'The Great Brain Debate'), the GPA explores what the great minds of the past thought about thought. And we discover that questions that seem to have obvious answers today were anything but self-evident for the individuals that first tackled them. And that conversely, sometimes the facts which we simply accept to be true can be blinding, preventing us from making deeper discoveries about our our world and ourselves.
Core Information Sources:
Aristotle on the Brain by Charles G. Gross in The Neuroscientist
An Illustrated History of Brain Function: Imaging the Brain from Antiquity
By Edwin Clarke, Kenneth Dewhurst, Michael Jeffrey Aminoff
On the Sacred Disease by Hippocrates
Additional Information Sources:
Aristotle's Error By Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran in Scientific American
Fantastically Wrong: The Theory of the Wandering Wombs That Drove Women to Madness by Matt Simon in Wired
PMS and the Wandering Womb by James Hamblin in the Atlantic
Ancient Humorism and Modern Humorism by Charles Richet, 1910:
Heart Illustration, by the Wellcome Trust, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license:
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