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July 9, 2010

Brains! Brains!

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Don’t ever suggest having some brains with my eggs!  I know there are folks who enjoy pig or cow brains, and I gladly share my portion!  There are several reasons that I have no interest in such, but one of the main reasons has to do with the brain “surgeries” I performed years ago!

Yes, I did perform brain “surgeries.”  I actually removed the brain from the skull.  Want to hear the whole story?  It goes back to my senior year in high school.  In a biology lab, my partner and I chose as our project the comparison of animal brains to a human brain.

The project received interest and support from other students, and teachers and administrators encouraged us to proceed.  To accomplish this task, brains were  needed.  Thus, publicity went out across the community that a school project needed animals that were killed or had died. 

Our goal in the project was to enter the state science fair and then represent the state at the national science fair in Chicago.  We would receive these animals, and immediately “operate” on them to remove the brain.  They needed to be removed as soon as possible after the death of the animal.  Calls would come to the school about the availability of an animal, and we were allowed to go and retrieve the animal, return to the lab, and begin immediately the removal of the brain.

The “surgery” was always tedious.  The skull had to be removed in small pieces.  We sawed  small squares, making sure we did not saw deep and sever the thin membrane surrounding the brain.  If the tissue was broken, the brain was of no value to us.  The extricated brain was placed in proper solutions and a container.  I cannot remember the total number of brains collected, but I do recall many of the animals or mammals: cow, dog, cat, opossum, fish, frog, bird, rat, lizard, and squirrel.  There were more than one of many of the animals or mammals.  We  chose the best for the final presentation.  Some of the brains were so small that the work was done through magnification.

My partner, who was the ‘brains’ of our team, made elaborate presentations on the areas of the various brains and how it compared to the human brain. Obviously, we did not have a human brain, but we did have a good model of one that identified the various lobes and areas of the brain.   I left the academics to her–I focused on the “surgery.”  We were well received at the state fair.  In fact, we were the best in our category–but only received second place.  There was not a first place.  A project had to receive a certain score to win first place.  We fell short a couple of points–missed first place, and missed Chicago.  But it was a fun project.  I did learn much about brains.

I continue to learn about brains.  That is, the human one.  Oh, I don’t understand much how it works.  But in this electronic age, I know that the human brain is a super computer.  The brain is much more complex than any computer that exists.  Our brain makes possible sight, sound, smell, and movement–just to give a simple overview of all that the brain gives to us.

So, I reflect on my brain.  And such reflection reveals my brain gives me the gift of reflection.  Yes, my brain makes possible for me to remember, recall, and reflect on so much in my life.  What a wonderful thing that is.  I may remember some difficulties, but I can enjoy the wonderful past days of my life.  Memory is truly a gift.

I also acknowledge how my brain gives me the ability to talk to myself!  Isn’t that wonderful?  I can have a dialogue with myself about some activity or situation.  I can arrive at a decision through such conversation.  I can reason some things out by talking to myself.  This ability to discern is so vital to life.

But another facet of my brain is that it provides me the opportunity of imagination.  I can dream and imagine so many possibilities.  What a joy to just dream and think of what could happen.  Without our dreams, we would accomplish little in life.

Don’t you agree that the brain is a wonderful thing?  God designed it for us!  He wants us to have the joys of life.  I also believe He wants us to use our brain–and use it for Him!  My desire is that He truly controls the brain that He has given to me.  No other created being has the capacity we have!  Rejoice today . . . be thankful to your Creator for your brain . . . and allow Him to be the Master Controller.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  (Psalm 139:13)  “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”  (Colossians 3:2)



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