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The Unknown Brain

The brain can seem as mysterious as a distant galaxy, but scientists are starting to map and manipulate its many regions. In this hour, TED speakers take us on a trip through the human brain.

"Once I awoke...I could not walk, talk, read, write; I could not recall any of the details of my life. Jill Bolte-Taylor died that day." - Jill Bolte-Taylor Andrew Heavens/TED hide caption

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How Can A Stroke Change Your Brain?
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My Brain Sly and the Family Stone

"Maybe we can dissolve a brain... turn it into soup." - Suzana Herculano-Houzel James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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What Makes The Human Brain Unique?
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"Human cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience are starting to give us an answer to...who we are as thinkers." - Nancy Kanwisher James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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What Does It Take To Map The Human Brain?
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Brain Stew Lullaby Versions of Green Day

"Although we human adults are really good at understanding other minds, we weren't always that way." - Rebecca Saxe James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?
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"Understanding consciousness is a real key, I think, both to understanding the universe and to understanding ourselves." - David Chalmers James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?
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My Brain Mose Allison