“To Understand Man Himself”

If you walk up University Ave to the Montreal Neurological Institute, you will see a stone plaque right outside the front doors with a quote by the famous Dr. Wilder Penfield – “The problem of neurology is to understand man himself”.  That’s precisely what drew me to neuroscience in the first place.  I’ve always imagined myself to be a bit of a philosopher – always seeking to understand why we do the things we do, where we’ve come from, and why we as a species have come to be the way we are.  After years of asking myself these questions, I realized a perfect place to start searching for the answers was in the study of the brain.

Our brain is a beautifully complex yet intricately connected super-computer – the sheer number of connections alone is enough to baffle even the sharpest of minds.  It’s fascinating that this chunk of meat in our heads is responsible for the development of civilization, the exploration of space, the creation of technology, and constant innovation.

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