2020 / 08 / 20 | Why should we care about brains in the first place?
“The reason why it was so terrifying to discover a tumor in Bob’s brain is not just it might kill him…a heart problem could kill you too. It could also be life-threatening but it wouldn’t threaten you IDENTITY”
“The thing about the brain is this is where the mind lives. This is who we are. So surgeons do heart transplants they don’t do brain transplants and that’s not because heart transplants are easier… (that’s because) brain transplants don’t make any sense!…Again it is because the brain is who we are.”
“that’s why I study the human brain. I want to know what is this physical thing that is me. I mean maybe some of the stuff we do will eventually be medically useful. I hope so. That would be awesome but that’s not really my immediate goal. My immediate goal is to understand who we are as human beings."