A living human brain. Looks gross. But think about how amazing this is. You have one of these things inside your head, a mass of organic matter in which billions of connections make you—every memory, everything that ever was in your life is inside this mass. So yes, it may look gross, but it's freaking amazing.
No, this isn't a petrified bowl of spaghetti — it's what the white matter in your brain looks like. The Franklin Institute 3D-printed this remarkably complex model for a new exhibit. Skeptics said it couldn't be done, but the finished product accurately reflects the 2,000 strands of nerve cells found in the brain.
Remarkably, this is a photograph of what was once an actual adult human brain — but without the characteristic ridges and folds. But because the patient's medical records were lost, we may never know what life was like for this person.
I want, want, WANT this giant gummy human brain. I'd leave the giant gummy worms for the Renfield wannabes. This is the real thing.
Those who are easily distracted from the task in hand may have "too much brain".
Reverse-engineering the human brain so we can simulate it using computers may be only a decade away, says Ray Kurzweil, artificial intelligence expert and author of the best-selling book The Singularity is Near.