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Published on Mar 23, 2011
mp3: http://symphonyofscience.com "Ode to the Brain" is the ninth episode in the Symphony of Science music video series. Through the powerful words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver Sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution, neuron networks, folding, and more. The material sampled for this video comes from Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Jill Bolte Taylor's TED Talk, Vilayanur Ramachandran's TED Talk, Bill Nye's Brain episode, BBC's "The Human Body", Oliver Sachs' TED Talk, Discovery Channel's "Human Body: Pushing the Limits", and more.
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[Robert Winston] It's amazing to consider that I'm holding in my hands The place where someone once felt, thought, and loved For centuries, scientists have been battling to understand What this unappealing object is all about
[Vilayanur Ramachandran] Here is this mass of jelly You can hold in the palm of your hands And it can contemplate the vastness of interstellar space
[Carl Sagan] The brain has evolved from the inside out Its structure reflects all the stages through which it has passed
[Jill Bolte Taylor] Information in the form of energy Streams in simultaneously Through all of our sensory systems
And then it explodes into this enormous collage Of what this present moment looks like What it feels like And what it sounds like
And then it explodes into this enormous collage And in this moment we are perfect We are whole and we are beautiful
[Robert Winston] It appears rather gruesome Wrinkled like a walnut, and with the consistency of mushroom
[Carl Sagan] What we know is encoded in cells called neurons And there are something like a hundred trillion neural connections This intricate and marvelous network of neurons has been called An enchanted loom
The neurons store sounds too, and snatches of music Whole orchestras play inside our heads
20 million volumes worth of information Is inside the heads of every one of us The brain is a very big place In a very small space
No longer at the mercy of the reptile brain We can change ourselves Think of the possibilities
[Bill Nye] Think of your brain as a newspaper Think of all the information it can store But it doesn't take up too much room Because it's folded
[Oliver Sacks] We see with the eyes But we see with the brain as well And seeing with the brain Is often called imagination
[Robert Winston] It is the most mysterious part of the human body And yet it dominates the way we live our adult lives It is the brain