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4th July 2013: The Incredible Shrinking Brain by Mike McInnes

Mike McInnes talks on Liver Brain Biology

Name of speaker:

Mike McInnes

Title of talk:

The Incredible Shrinking Brain

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  • The human brain  is shrinking for the first time in our evolutionary history.
  • There are two reasons for this – one positive and one wholly negative.
  • The human brain is becoming smaller and more efficient.
  • The reason for this is that in a bipedal species with a narrow pelvis a larger brain cannot exit the pelvic canal at birth.
  • Thus there is a potent evolutionary advantage to having a smaller and more efficient brain.
  • Einstein’s brain which was smaller than average and was also more efficient at processing energy than average.

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