Why We Don’t Eat Our Own Brains – Professor Daniel Wolpert On TED

What’s the point of a brain? A fundamental question that has led Professor Daniel Wolpert to some remarkable conclusions about how and why the brain controls and predicts movement. In a recent talk for TED, Wolpert explores the research that resulted in him receiving the Golden Brain Award. Thanks to PhilosophyBites.

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Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
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  • Aliasalpha

    I can’t speak for anyone else but I just can’t get the lid off my brain. I’ve tried banging it against the counter, sitting it upside down in boiling water and even jamming a knife in but nothing opens it…

    • colubridae


      • Kylie Sturgess

        Worse – I’m female!

      • Aliasalpha

        No no no, the CONTENTS are fine, its just the container thats stuck

    • NoAstronomer

      Have you tried shoving a sharp stick up your nose? That way you could suck them out. Or were you looking for more of a brain steak than a brain smoothie?


  • Dhorvath, OM

    Helps make sense of lunging into an impact and how it makes it easier to cope with.

  • timberwoof

    “Grace” is our recognition that someone is good at moving in the optimum way to accomplish some task. “He makes it look easy” is a compliment. I was particularly struck by the notion that the optimum movement for some situation is the one that introduces the least amount of noise—or, not stated explicitly but suggested by the graphic—one where the inherent noise or inaccuracy in movement is the least damaging to the optimum outcome.

    Damn. I hope that thinking about this won’t distract me on Sunday morning at hockey practice!