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Some Nerve – The Scientist – Magazine of the Life Sciences – An interview and profile of Rodolfo Llinas

Some Nerve – The Scientist – Magazine of the Life Sciences.

Llinas is one of the great integrative neurophysiologists – this is a fantastic interview and profile.

A quote:

“My interest in science came from basic curiosity,” says Rodolfo Llinás of the New York University School of Medicine. “My interest in the nervous system came from my grandfather.” As a precocious preschooler, Llinás lived with his paterfamilias, a psychiatrist who ran his practice from home. There, the young boy encountered individuals with a cavalcade of psychiatric and neurological conditions, including one patient who experienced an epileptic seizure in the waiting room.

“I remember being amazed,” says Llinás, who asked his grandfather why the man would behave that way. “‘He didn’t want to do it. He couldn’t help it. His brain did it,’” his grandfather explained. For Llinás, the idea that the brain had a mind of its own was eye opening. “And the more I talked to the old man about these things,” he says, “the more I came to see that everything we do, everything we understand, everything we are, is focused on the brain.”

Read more: Some Nerve – The Scientist – Magazine of the Life Sciences http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/57650/#ixzz0zWaAE2f2

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