Re: >H NEURO/IA: "Brain Not Evolving Any Time Soon"

E. Shaun Russell (
Mon, 27 Jan 1997 22:44:01 -0800 (PST)

On 28/01/97 (Aussie time...always ahead of us!), Mitchell forwarded:
>This article comes from the Health section of Yahoo's Reuters pages
>(January 27; articles there lapse after a week).
>Brain Not Evolving Any Time Soon

><big snip of how the brain isn't getting any bigger>

So the brain isn't getting bigger. So what? The brain has stayed
the same size for thousands of years; what hasn't stayed the same is how
people use their brains. Those who are geniuses are as such because they
try to maximize their potential. But considering that very little of our
brain is actually used for thought processes etc., there is little doubt in
my mind (pun intended) that there is much room for evolutionary improvement.
Many people who have partial lobectomies and\or lobotomies are still very
intelligent, though theoretically, the area of their brains are smaller. In
the same effect, most half-wits have a normal sized brain. In the end, it's
not the size that counts, but how you use it. ;~)

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-E. Shaun Russell

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