This blog post is about reflecting the first week’s (9.9-15.9) learnings in the course of Structure and Operation of the Brain.
The first week lecture concentrated on introductory topics. Therefore, we consider that we mainly did not learn anything new as every one of us know the basis of the brain. The lecture was a good recap of the brain and memory refresher for our group. Overall, the first lecture tuned our mind to the subject.
Although we did not learn many new things, we came up with some ideas and questions. Firstly, we wonder if there is any evidence that closes out the possibility that consciousness is somewhere else than in the brain. For example, what if the brain is just the first thing that reacts to our consciousness that exists somewhere we don’t have access to, for example, in a dimension that is out of our reach? In other words, could our body be just an appearance of us in this dimension and that is all we know because that is all that our senses can sense. Secondly, we would like to know what are the things that we do not know about the brains as it seems that we already know much. Thirdly, it is unclear to us if the sensing areas of the brain (frontal lobe etc.) are located in the same places between individuals. So, does every individual interpret a noise in the same area in the brain? In addition, do sensing happen only in the specific area known or in multiple areas in the brains. For example, it is thought that hearing happens in the temporal lobe but could a noise be sensed at the same time in multiple locations of the brain. Finally, we have heard that when a blind person reads the braille the sensing in the brain happens in vision region, which is located in the temporal lobe. Why it happens there and not in the parietal lobe where other pressure stimuli occur?
Maria, Väinö and Ruhoollah