My new brain bucket

When I was little, I rode my bike all the time. In the safety of my own, seemingly-large, U-shaped driveway, and in the quiet cul-de-sac by my house. My elementary school was on a long dead-end street with only two houses, and when I wanted to really live dangerously, I’d speed down its big hills (and then walk my bike up them). This was my prior experience with biking, but upon moving to a bike-friendly city in which I am carless, I got a new bike, strapped on my helmet, and with a mix of confidence and fear, took to the road. This haiku (from The Little Book of Neuroscience Haikus, my new favorite book) is in honor of my new wheels:

Helmet for my head

Protecting critical mass

Useful brain bucket.

(The book also notes that wearing a brain bucket can reduce the risk of head injury up to 85%, just FYI)

I think about thoughts

I’ve never been a huge poetry fan, because I often feel that there’s such a surplus of language to get a point across (and in many cases, I’m not even sure I understand the message). Haikus, however, have always impressed me by their ability to succinctly make a point while meeting their 5-7-5-syllable requirement. I recently found this book, The Little Book of Neuroscience Haikus by Eric Chudler, and had so much fun reading through it. Here’s one of my favorites:

Cerebral cortex
Surrounding outer layer
I think about thoughts.

Image: wikipedia
Image: wikipedia

In three short lines, Chudler tells us where the cerebral cortex is located and generally sums up its function- complex thought. I think the last line is a pretty cool description not only of the cerebral cortex, but also of cog sci in general.