Great minds – Aristotle

By Timothy Cocks Great minds 17 Dec 2013

Aristotle thought that the brain was a radiator:

Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=aristotle-thought-the-brain-was-a-radiator
Source: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=aristotle-thought-the-brain-was-a-radiator

Great description of the blood brain barrier, it’s role and its challenges, and the involvement of those “other brain” cells, astrocytes.  Interesting pondering on the origins of common saying such as “keeping a cool head”. Neuroscience meets ancient philosophy meets cartoon in this fantastic short post on the Scientific American blog.

Could it also be part of the reason we feel someone’s forehead to “check their temperature”?

Tim Cocks
www.noigroup.com

comments

  1. davidboltononoi

    I wonder if the brain temperature rises in a heated discussion 🙂 I love this type of illustrated teaching. It really works for my old brain…….more of the same please……

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