Monday, 2 April 2012

Brains: The mind as matter

Verdict: Go see it
Where: Wellcome Collection
When: 29 March - 17 June 2012

The Wellcome collection is displaying a wealth of knowledge on the history of the study of the brain and how it's progressed over the years - and why it needed to.

It goes as far back as the ancient Egyptians who placed no importance with the brain as witnessed by the mummification process when it was unceremoniously yanked out through the nasal cavity. They also explore trepanning - the process of drilling a hole in someone's head to remove 'evil spirits'.

Even as recently as 60 years ago the differences in brain structure and size where used to justify racism and gender discrimination by most European countries and especially Nazi Germany.

You will constantly learn new things as you walk around this exhibition. If you had any doubts about how smart a bottlenose dolphin is, seeing its brain and how similar it is to ours will put those doubts to bed.

Once again the Wellcome collection leads the way in showing how science can be both educational and fascinating at the same time.

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