‘Shadows Bright as Glass’: A Brain Injury, Then Art

‘Shadows Bright as Glass’: A Brain Injury, Then Art

by Genevieve Wanucha

For most of civilization, the brain was a lump of phlegm with “no more capacity for thought than a cake of suet,” philosopher Henry More wrote in 1652. Our updated hunch about the origins of consciousness is now bound up in hypotheses of large-scale electrical brain networks constantly interacting within uniquely humanoid cerebral anatomy. Technology will surely continue to push neuroscience forward without historical precedent. But the brain is still so frustratingly opaque to any tool of science that the biggest insights often arrive courtesy of chance neurological disaster.

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