“Here is the connection” - words mentioned by Scottish-born American artist David Byrne while holding a prop brain in his hands during his recent “American Utopia tour”.
He shares how studies reveal that at birth, a baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons, roughly as many nerve cells as stars in the Milky Way, and almost all the neurons the brain will ever have. During the first years of life, the brain undergoes a series of extraordinary changes.
As the neurons mature, more and more synapses are made. At birth, the number of synapses per neuron is 2,500 but by age two or three, it is about 15,000 per neuron. The brain eliminates connections that are seldom or never used, which is a normal part of brain development.
So, what are we eliminating? What connections are we losing? In a world where we are trying...