The Human Mind
We have come a long way since ancient Egyptians believed the heart was the seat of thinking and mental functions--or since the Neolithic Era, when trephination (the process of drilling holes in the human skull) was a commonplace treatment for seizures, migraines, and mental health disorders.
Most nonphysicists were introduced to Richard Feynman's unique brand of intuitive, gut-level science during the 1986 hearings to investigate the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.
Too few college students get help for depression. Blake Wagner is seeking to change that. "Have you ever felt trapped?" Blake Wagner III poses this question five seconds into a short video from his inkblots series.
The need is huge and unmet, say experts, and we ignore it at our peril. In an editorial published at the start of 2014, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argued that mental health is one of the most crucial and "systematically neglected" topics we need to address as a society.
When I think of the human brain, I invariably recall what physicist Stephen Hawking said about why the universe exists: "If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason--for then we would know the mind of God."