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Brain

The human brain.

The brain is an organ that serves as the center of the nervous system in all vertebrate and most invertebrate animals—only a few invertebrates such as sponges, jellyfish, adult sea squirts and starfish do not have a brain, even if diffuse neural tissue is present. It is located in the head, usually close to the primary sensory organs for such senses as vision, g, balance, taste, and smell.

QuotesEdit

  • Aristotle taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons.
    • Will Cuppy, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody, 1950
  • Brain, n. An apparatus with which we think we think.
  • Do we trivialize a sublime feeling if we appreciate its dependence on the brain? Not in the least. Its significance does not depend on its being a soul state or a brain state...Humility bids us to take ourselves as we are; we do not have to be cosmically significant to be genuinely significant.
  • We do have an organ for understanding and recognizing moral facts. It is called the brain.
  • If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't.
    • Emerson M. Pugh, As quoted in The Biological Origin of Human Values
  • The brain is a mystery; it has been and still will be. How does the brain produce thoughts? That is the central question and we have still no answer to it.
  • A hidden spark of the dream sleeps in the forest and waits in the celestial spheres of the brain.
    • Dejan Stojanovic in Circling, ”In Search of Spark,” Sequence: “A Warden with No Keys” (1993)

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