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Sun Oct 6, 2013, 06:35 PM

Einsteinís Corpus Callosum Explains His Genius-Level Intellect

http://guardianlv.com/2013/10/einsteins-corpus-callosum-explains-his-genius-level-intellect/

Einstein was undoubtedly one of the most influential physicists of all time, advancing concepts in quantum physics and gaining enormous notoriety for his theory of relativity. Einstein was also a keen philosopher, proclaiming that ďÖ independence by philosophical insight isÖ the mark of distinction between mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker of truth.Ē

It comes as no surprise that Einsteinís brain appears physiologically distinct from that of the average individual. A recent study has sought to explain the manís genius-level intellect, in part, based a difference in a structure called the corpus callosum.

Einsteinís Autopsied Brain

Many have attempted to understand what inspired the German-born prodigy. A pathologist, named Dr. Thomas Stoltz Harvey, working at Princeton University, even attempted to establish whether there was a physiological trait that could explain the inner workings of Einsteinís extraordinary mind.

Einstein died from internal bleeding, following a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. In 1955, Harvey, who was responsible for conducting Einsteinís autopsy, removed his subjectís brain, without requesting the permission of his family. Harvey then preserved Einsteinís brain in formalin, before snapping a vast number of photographs. After documenting the details of the specimen, he carved it up into approximately 240 individual sections, with the principal ambition of allowing the scientific community to research what made Einstein so truly remarkable.

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Sun Oct 6, 2013, 06:56 PM

1. Nonsense. It was the daily tongue airings during bicycle rides.


(Dogs have long instinctively understood the benefits, and they are a damned sight smarter than most people.)

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Sun Oct 6, 2013, 07:49 PM

2. K&R nt

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Sun Oct 6, 2013, 08:01 PM

3. The cause and effect are important to work out there

Its not correct to think that he had an exceptional brain, therefore it worked better and differently than everyone else's and allowed him to make the advances and discoveries that he did.

Two distinct differences noted in the study: a high level of connections in the corpus callosum, and a high density of glial cells. Connections build from use; the more a brain is used, the more connections are created. Glial cells proliferate (unlike ordinary neurons) in support of neural structures. Again, heavy use leads to unique structure.

So, its not that Einstein had this brain which allowed him to do the things he did, rather he used his brain over his lifetime in a way that led to its unique capacity. Any person, at any age, can make changes that lead them in that direction, if they have the will to do so.

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