Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Brain 101: First Principles

Neuroscience is the systematic pursuit of understanding how come we act the way we do: how do we come to have idiosyncratic tastes, preferences and dislikes; skillsets, talents, and absolute incapabilities; interests, opinions, and world views; and how we come to act on them in those particular ways that define our individual selves – all…...

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Animals are heterotrophic creatures with a nervous system

Let’s get something out of the way: life does not need a nervous system. Plenty of life – most of it, actually – does not have a nervous system, much less a brain. Yet, all animals – with the exception of sponges, to the present knowledge – have one. “Why?”, is often the question asked. “So they can move and thrive…...

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When playing loses its fun

Jonathan Schaeffer, a computer games expert at the University of Alberta in Canada, has just proved, after 18 years of mathematical calculations, that the game of checkers is doomed to a draw. From any of the 19 possible starting moves, no one wins if none of the opponents makes a mistake: winning at checkers is […]

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