By: Cheryl Duggan
The Ontario Science Centre will be home to the BRAIN – The Inside Story exhibition until March 29th, 2015. Is it just me, or do others believe that maybe there should be heightened security just in case there is an influx of zombies?
Anyways, the BRAIN – The Inside Story did cover the basics. There were diagrams and descriptions to explain how the brain evolved from a system that controls basic movements and motivations to become the advanced processor humans have that allows us to plan ahead and make complex decisions.
It also dealt quite well with three of the five senses: sight, sound and touch. Of particular interest was the Homunuculus statue that was designed to show the significant amount of brain real estate devoted to touch. Admittedly, it would be difficult to develop an exhibit that dealt with the smell and taste senses without violating some health codes.
One sense that was overlooked was the sense of humor. In retrospect, it is believed that even common sense was avoided. Surely, the scientists could have seen some validity in acknowledging zombies.That could have been an interesting study in what portions of the brain would need to be operable (or be rendered inoperable) in order for them to exist in their limited human capacity.
Even with the above limitations in mind the BRAIN – The Inside Story exhibit is well worth a visit. It is covered by the general admission price. The hours of the Ontario Science Centre are as follows: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Weekends and Holidays 10am – 5pm.