The Human Advantage
A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became RemarkableBook - 2016
Herculano-Houzel shows that it is not the size of our brain that matters but the fact that we have more neurons in the cerebral cortex than any other animal, thanks to our ancestors' invention, some 1.5 million years ago, of a more efficient way to obtain calories: cooking. Because we are primates, ingesting more calories in less time made possible the rapid acquisition of a huge number of neurons in the still fairly small cerebral cortex -- the part of the brain responsible for finding patterns, reasoning, developing technology, and passing it on through culture. Herculano-Houzel shows us how she came to these conclusions -- making "brain soup" to determine the number of neurons in the brain, for example, and bringing animal brains in a suitcase through customs.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, 
Characteristics: xiii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: New understanding of how our brain became remarkable