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Major Infatuation: Neuroscience

Editor’s note: In the print version of the magazine we indadvertently transposed Alec Stepanian and Alfred Chin’s quote. Here is the corrected version. We apologize for the error.

Neuroscience allows you to synthesize all branches of science: from analyzing the electrical properties of neurons to looking at behavioral functions. Alfred Chin ’18

Neuroscience has a profound capability to link the real and surreal, providing an understanding of the chemistry and biology that enables us to visibly and subconsciously dream, emote, and move in a manner that has exposed itself as distinctly human. Alec Stepanian ’18

1. Neuroscience is using my three-pound mass of electric jelly to understand someone else’s.
2. Neuroscience is by brains, for brains.
3. Neuroscience is trying to gain an understanding of an organ that is not only the most elaborate set of electric connections in the human body, but one that is also capable of morality. Elsa Olson ’18

Neuroscience provides the answers to the biggest questions of humanity—where did we come from (evolution and resulting patterns of neurogenesis), what is our purpose (how is fulfillment represented in the brain and what triggers it), and where are we going (how can we expand human capability with new technologies/treatments)? Within its small, fragile frame, the brain transcends time, holding each of our pasts in memory and futures in capabilities and emotions. Neuroscience provides ‘meaning’ in our lives that is not only pondered or proposed, but also rigorously proven—allowing us to explore questions of philosophy and humanity with analytical science. Leila Mashouf ’18