|Destin of YouTube's Smarter Every Day Channel|
with the chicken that made his first viral video.
I think it would be fascinating to be a brain scientist. In one of his early videos Destin visits his sister, who is in the Peace Corps in Africa. He notices at one point that the letters T.I.A. are painted on her shutters, and he asks her what they mean. It isn't Transient Ischemic Attack but "This Is Africa," a kind of latter-day realization that his sister is not in Kansas anymore. Some of the local people are hanging out at the house, and they're helping slaughter a goat. With one clean blow of the machete, a goat's head gets perfectly bisected, and the camera shows the two open halves in a shot that fascinates me: here are the two chambers of a brain, and in this, or in something very much like it, is where I live. Yet it's such a passive thing, lying there open in the sun to view. There are no moving parts except for the tongue at the bottom, yet this is the tissue that regulates the systems of the body and where resides the consciousness, of which even the goat had some. It seems anti-climactic that something so mission critical to the goat's existence should lie there so inert as if it were nothing. Yes, I've heard we use only a small percentage of our brains, but exposed in this way you can't tell that it's used at all.