We ride a stream of naked neurons, stripped of their sheaths, to the most blissful moments and deepest intimacies of life. As a student of neuroanatomy, I was provided with a human brain in a half-gallon tub. Our lab manual depicted a brain in situ, half-exposed in the head of an aged Irishman cut open along the midline, where his part might have run. My lab partner and I spent a semester peeling away layers of our stranger’s accumulated experience. We sketched coarse outlines to label in Latin and Greek. In an exam, we might find pins in the pons and medulla, in their minor partitions. We might be asked to diagram the flow of information as a child touches a hot stove then withdraws her hand in a thin sliver of a second.

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Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise

In evolution, nothing comes for free. Stress can both trigger creativity and compound a raft of chronic maladies. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative | photo: Jeff Chiu/AP/REX In late 2016, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged to [...]

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