Of Sound Mind

A pair of eager neurologists delve into the great secrets of the brain and unlock more than they could have possibly imagined.

It is common knowledge that the human brain is only 25% functional at any given time; a still-astounding number of about one billion synapses out of available quadrillions. And even in our incredible medical prowess, the true power of the brain is still not completely understood. At some point in his or her lives, every neurologist wonders what we could accomplish if our brains were wired at 100% of their capacity.

            But some stones are better left unturned.

            Excerpt from Harvard Medical Journal  April 1998

            “Recent studies of the neurological and muscular systems of rats have shown that the presence of a newly discovered protein called neurostatin, similar to myostatin (which controls unprompted muscle development), is what separates some parts of the brain and most of the nervous system from conscious control. It is also suggested that it inhibits levels of brain activity over about 30 Watts, or about 25% of the brain’s developed capacity. Until recently, tests of a neurostatin-blocking drug have resulted in death or mental retardation, occurring almost instantly in a myriad of different species from mice to the common housecat. However, earlier this spring, two researchers from the Belvedere Institute in Langdon, North Dakota found a solution in a White-Necked raven named Charlie.”

            It all started with Charlie. Or, rather, our success did. Yet for all the praise we received for our work, Charly was, at best, an accident. In all similar experiments there will be a control group with which to compare the subject’s supposedly heightened senses; in Charlie’s case, another raven. That is where we hit a wall. There was no money left, and, as embarrassing as it may seem, we were unable to purchase a control raven. So Charlie became both sides of the experiment. There were memory tests, logic tests, problem solving. And somehow, when given the drug, he did not die.

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