December 16, 2018

Reading in the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene.

This week, we journey into the realm of the neurological here at Astroguyz. Dont worry; like we do with everything in life, this one will have a cosmic twist…

Our ability to read is a fundamental mystery of our brain and how were wired. Think about it; (pun intended) weve been human for millions of years, but only had written language for the last few thousand. Evolution and natural selection seldom work on such short time scales; obviously, our brain has learned to co-opt some of the pre-existing skills towards the ability to communicate and decipher language. But just how does the brain perform this lengthy interpretive act? [Read more...]