Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System (I)

Society for Neuroscience
Brain, Nervous System

It sets humans apart from all other species by allowing us to achieve the wonders of walking on the moon and composing masterpieces of literature, art and music. Throughout recorded time, the human brain—a spongy, three pound mass of fatty tissue—has been compared to a telephone switchboard and a supercomputer. But the brain is much more complicated than any of these devices, a fact scientists confirm almost daily with each new discovery. The extent of the brain’s capabilities is unknown, but it is the most complex living structure known in the universe.