“There’s not a thing you’ve ever done, thought or felt in your life that isn’t ultimately traceable a particular webwork of nerve cells firing in a particular way” sounds as though that’s a fact; it may well be true but how exactly consciousness works hasn’t yet been completely worked out. This article talks about a madman by the name of Charles Whitman. Whitman was a 25-year old former marine and engineering student who killed 17 people and wounded over 32 people in a mass shooting in 1966 at University of Texas. Before targeting the students, faculty and the other passer byers at the prestigeous college, he killed his mother and his wife. Previous to his trigger happy rampage he wrote a note at his home that investigators took into their own hands as a suicide note.
“I do not really understand myself these days. I am supposed to be an average reasonable and intelligent young man. However, lately (I cannot recall when it started) I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts … please pay off my debts [and] donate the rest anonymously to a mental-health foundation. Maybe research can prevent further tragedies of this type.”
Our brains are the most intricate parts of our body that scientists are still trying to fully figure out. Although scientists have found out loads of information that deals with the nerves that connect the different parts of our brain and the reasoning behind why people do what they do, it is of little comfort to the victims and their families of the perpetrator of the harmful, sometimes lethal, acts.
This made me really think about some questions that made me think:
1. How do we know what we know?
2. Why do we do what we do?
3. Is it our faults that our brain triggers and spreads a horrible disease in our brain that causes us to harm others?
4. How can we “build a better brain”?