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Uncommon Features of Einstein's Brain Might Explain His Remarkable Cognitive Abilities
newswise ^ | November 15, 2012 | Florida State University

Posted on 11/17/2012 3:49:48 PM PST by EveningStar

Portions of Albert Einstein’s brain have been found to be unlike those of most people and could be related to his extraordinary cognitive abilities, according to a new study led by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.

(Excerpt) Read more at newswise.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: anthropology; brain; deanfalk; einstein; einsteinsbrain

1 posted on 11/17/2012 3:50:05 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

I never really thought of him as wildly intelligent. He just thought in different directions than most people of the time.


2 posted on 11/17/2012 3:55:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar

I’m smarter than Einstein in that at least I never embraced socialism.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein’s_political_views


3 posted on 11/17/2012 4:01:17 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: EveningStar
I would imagine there are millions of geniuses out there. But what to pursue?

All men are geniuses in their own place.

4 posted on 11/17/2012 4:02:12 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: lowbridge

THAT part of his brain was underdeveloped.


5 posted on 11/17/2012 4:02:27 PM PST by Catmom
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To: EveningStar
"evolutionary" anythings are pretty much discredited. The neuroplasticity of the brain is such that structural anomalies are meaningless without functional analysis of the neurons involved. Unfortunately, dead brains offer no such possibility.

This is nothing but whoring after grant money.

6 posted on 11/17/2012 4:02:27 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: EveningStar
So they think that his intellegence had something to do with his brain.

Hmmmmmm

A while ago I had a patient who had a small benign tumor in her brain. Her behavior and emotions changed dramatically. When I spoke to her neurologist, he said it had nothing to do with the tumor...nothing.

The fact that she and her family reported significant change to funtioning and there was a newly discovered tumor was jsut an artifact.

7 posted on 11/17/2012 4:03:35 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: EveningStar
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8 posted on 11/17/2012 4:03:39 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: lowbridge
I’m smarter than Einstein in that at least I never embraced socialism.

No you're not, you never did anything for science, society or anything and nobody's ever heard of you............

Sounds to me like the only thing that defines you is your obsession with politics. Broaden your horizons dude, there's happiness outside of politics if you're willing to look for it........

9 posted on 11/17/2012 4:09:14 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: gorush

1927 Solvay conference. Some smart people there.


10 posted on 11/17/2012 4:11:00 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EveningStar

If he had not been a Jew in Nazi Germany but instead a member of German National Socialist Party this would be a very different world today...


11 posted on 11/17/2012 4:11:09 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Chickensoup
There could easily be all sorts of changes that are not easily detected by whatever tools the quacks have.

I have personal knowledge of one anecdotal case where changes were not before the diagnosis. Different strokes for different folks. That whole brain thing is way complex.

12 posted on 11/17/2012 4:25:08 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Chickensoup
There could easily be all sorts of changes that are not easily detected by whatever tools the quacks have.

I have personal knowledge of one anecdotal case where changes were noticed before the diagnosis. Different strokes for different folks. That whole brain thing is way complex.

13 posted on 11/17/2012 4:25:28 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Hot Tabasco

Spare me the lecture. Like I said, I’m smarter than Einstein in that I never embraced socialism.


14 posted on 11/17/2012 4:27:38 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: gorush

half of those guys have a number, constant, law or theory
bearing their name.


15 posted on 11/17/2012 4:38:57 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obsteperous gentleman..)
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To: EveningStar

My anatomy instructor in college said that Einstein had far more glial cells than a ‘normal’ brain. Not sure how that would account for his intellect.


16 posted on 11/17/2012 4:39:15 PM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: gorush

Is Heisenberg in that picture or not?


17 posted on 11/17/2012 4:48:09 PM PST by Tony in Hawaii (Catch a wave and youre sittin' on top of the world...)
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To: EveningStar

“Portions of Albert Einstein’s brain have been found”

There’s some really strange stories about what may or may not have happened to his brain. There’s probably no telling for sure whether these guys are actually even working with part of his brain.


18 posted on 11/17/2012 4:56:55 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: Tony in Hawaii

Yes. He’s the guy in front of the right shoulder of the guy all by himself in the back right.


19 posted on 11/17/2012 4:59:33 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Tony in Hawaii

Wait...was that an uncertainty joke?


20 posted on 11/17/2012 5:02:08 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Tony in Hawaii

If three rows, third from right on top row.


21 posted on 11/17/2012 5:02:48 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Tony in Hawaii
:{) I'm not sure if this is him or not:

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22 posted on 11/17/2012 5:06:30 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

A good number of “oddly shaped brains” in that photo.


23 posted on 11/17/2012 5:08:53 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Tony in Hawaii
We can never be certain.

(Great joke!)

24 posted on 11/17/2012 5:09:20 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (The trouble with the "masses" is that they never achieve the "m")
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To: Tony in Hawaii

Looks like he is toward the back, on the right.


25 posted on 11/17/2012 5:11:27 PM PST by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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26 posted on 11/17/2012 5:24:11 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Tony in Hawaii

Back row, third from the right, but I’m uncertain about it, looks a little fuzzy, especially the longer I look.


27 posted on 11/17/2012 5:30:41 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Not now, Not ever!

I knew where you were going with that just fine, until you told me where he was.


28 posted on 11/17/2012 5:46:14 PM PST by dangus
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To: Not now, Not ever!

The names are at the bottom of the picture....What’s the problem


29 posted on 11/17/2012 5:53:27 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: lowbridge

You know, a mans allowed at least one mistake; economics wasn’t his field


30 posted on 11/17/2012 5:53:30 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Tony in Hawaii

I got it immediately ... good post!


31 posted on 11/17/2012 5:59:10 PM PST by Tax-chick (Are you getting ready for the Advent Kitteh?)
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To: RitchieAprile
half of those guys have a number, constant, law or theory bearing their name.

ALL those guys have a number, constant, law or theory bearing their name.

32 posted on 11/17/2012 5:59:37 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: gorush

Very colorful and diverse crowd. I feel that since this overwhelmingly promotes middle aged white guys, all credit should be taken from them in any new history book and given to the disenfranchised minorities. It should now be called Pancho’s Theory of Relativity and Kwame Coil to name but a few.


33 posted on 11/17/2012 6:05:02 PM PST by Cyman
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To: gorush

Hey, that’s my uncle Warren Miller.


34 posted on 11/17/2012 6:30:35 PM PST by stickywillie (stanley ann went black, & never came back)
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To: gorush

Look at Einstein’s right arm. He’s scratching his behind while they took the picture. Good to know that a genius has to itch, too.


35 posted on 11/17/2012 6:38:13 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Sacajaweau

The names are at the bottom of the picture....What’s the problem

&&&
A little physics humor; they are riffing on his Uncertainty Principle.


36 posted on 11/17/2012 7:04:44 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: Bigg Red

ahhh....I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw.


37 posted on 11/17/2012 7:14:28 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: muir_redwoods

Neither was psychology, yet everyone quotes his definition of insanity. If his definition were correct, we wouldn’t need mental hospitals—just maybe a dog for everyone and plenty of chocolate.


38 posted on 11/17/2012 7:26:50 PM PST by firebrand
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To: EveningStar

I have convinced myself that Einstein had either Asperger’s Syndrome or maybe was fully high-functioning autistic.


39 posted on 11/17/2012 7:49:29 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: gorush

Wow: that’s a grouping.

Amazing how so many of those in the photo are people I teach kids about in science class. It was a golden age of science, all those folks sitting on the doorstep of the atomic age.


40 posted on 11/17/2012 8:19:05 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: RitchieAprile

That’s exactly what went throughout my mind, just labeling them with the various ideas and constants and equations named after them.


41 posted on 11/17/2012 8:31:38 PM PST by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: lowbridge

Or take his wife’s work and publish it as his own.


42 posted on 11/17/2012 8:32:55 PM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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To: I still care

Check out the BBC series “The ascent of Man” narrated by mathematician and biologist Jacob Bronowski. You’ll love it...other than his pessimistic attitude toward man’s present disposition toward true science.


43 posted on 11/17/2012 8:44:17 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Tony in Hawaii
Is Heisenberg in that picture or not?

Of course not ... he's in my kitchen right now. He's only 8 weeks old! (Our new Keeskimo puppy ... the kids are all geeks!)

44 posted on 11/17/2012 9:54:39 PM PST by lkco
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To: EEGator
1927 Solvay conference. Some smart people there.

Oh, come off it already. Sheldon Cooper didn't attend.

("And I didn't, either," my cat telegraphs to me with that smart-ass cat expression only she can manage.)

Cheers!

45 posted on 11/17/2012 10:02:00 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: gorush

Wow, that’s a lot of brainpower in one picture.


46 posted on 11/17/2012 10:52:23 PM PST by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: grey_whiskers

47 posted on 11/18/2012 6:01:37 AM PST by EEGator
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To: firebrand

His definition of insanity was probably not original; people just ascribe it to him to borrow some authority. He didn’t have a lot to offer outside his field but he did fundamentally change how humanity sees the universe; a pretty uncommon achievement.


48 posted on 11/18/2012 6:34:00 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: gorush

Will do. Current BBC documentaries you CANNOT purchase that break my heart:

Chemistry: A Volatile History

Royal Deaths and Diseases

You can, however, get multiple copies of Housewives of Beverly Hills or Honey Boo Boo. Go figure. I wish the BBC would be more ameanable to putting such things out.


49 posted on 11/18/2012 3:51:39 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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