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Modern Discoveries in Neuroscience... And What They Reveal About You (Collection) by Masao Ito, Dale Purves, Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald, Andrew Koob

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13. Don’t insult me

Evolution has created who we are, not perfect, but simply the state we are as a species today. Some aspects of the brain—for instance, how it has folded inside the skull—and the areas of location for different functions seem completely haphazard. Little makes sense when you step back and look at it. However, it is beneficial that the brain stem is hidden at the base of the brain because we aren’t going to have time to ponder how we evolved if we don’t survive a head-on collision with a wall.

The brain stem is hidden deep in the base of the brain because it controls our vital functioning, such as breathing and heart rate. If you are going to commit suicide, it is best to aim for the back of your mouth instead of straight into ...

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