Friday, 30 December 2011

The Hippo in the Room

"I used to think that my brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realised who was telling me this."

Equally I used to think that this quote was the most wonderful quote until I realised who was telling me this (Emo Philips. Not to be confused with Pee Wee Herman who is perhaps best remembered for his film work. And I mean that in the loosest possible way).

However regardless of the source the quote stands true. Our brains truly are amazing machines. Beguiling us with their wit, their wisdom and their insight and fooling us into thinking that nobody seems to have realised that on most occassions we don't actually know what we're talking about.And that's what this blog is all about. The proverbial Hippo in the room. The human brain.

It is an ode to the at times malevolent puppet master within us all. To the source of all our joys and all our frustrations. The 1200 odd grams of tightly folded neurons providing an electrically-charged pulsating link to the worlds both inside and outside our bodies. The masterpiece of neuronal origami that is the human brain.


This post was written by Andrew Watt for A Hippo on Campus.