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How does a human being thrive normally with “quite a bit” of brain missing?


Yes, Game of Thrones (2011–2019) star Emilia Clarke is lucky her aneurysms weren’t worse but, given our brains’ complexity, how do our mental abilities survive?:

Clarke is unusually lucky, to be sure. But a question naturally arises: Shouldn’t her good fortune be impossible? The human brain is staggeringly complex. Suppose a man said, “I am one of a really small minority of people who fell twenty thousand feet from a plane and survived, despite my injuries…” We’d want to know more.

And yet, as we’ve noted earlier, people get by with split brains, a brain missing key components, or only half a brain, (or maybe less).

Florey Institute neuroscientist Anthony Hannan, author of over 150 papers and cited 7000 times, tackles the question

News, “Minus “quite a bit” of brain, Game of Thrones star speaks. How?” at Mind Matters News

Takehome: A veteran neuroscientist offers some answers, including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, that might help treat brain injuries down the road. Beyond that…

You may also wish to read: Yes, the human brain is the most complex thing in the universe. But that’s not even the most remarkable thing about our brains. Our complex brains mirror the universe — 27 orders of magnitude bigger — yet some humans function with only half a brain or split brains.


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