DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IWOULDN’T have wanted to watch all of this series of Michael Mosley’s. Even grainy archive footage of monkeys and dogs having things done to them — I don’t care if they’re long dead— it’s upsetting.
But someone’s brain that’s been surgically removed and then thinly sliced like it’s a clove of garlic about to be sauteed . . . completely fine.
Mosley calls the brain a lump of grey porridge — a disgusting idea during porridge season and the wrong colour, too. The oats bit I can just about get, but I don’t think it’s the right food analogy.
It’s more of a cheese dish to me. Cottage cheese, perhaps.
One of your better-quality ones.
This is a fascinating episode, especially if you’re borderline or wholly obsessed with brains.
And who isn’t, frankly?
Hard not to be. They’re so clever. Dispassionately speaking. Major respect to them.
Props, too, to the damaged ones, as Mosley says in this episode, whether impaired through natural causes, born with something up, or injured in an operation carried out by a surgeon with all the finesse of Dr Nick Riviera (of The Simpsons fame).
These are the people whose brains were the pioneers in psychology. You’ll see how tonight. It’s riveting, unless you find it creepy.
You might. I will understand if you can’t sit through this.
It’s not like a circus freak show or anything, though.
It’s people with epilepsy, mainly. And some fabulous research. Have you ever come across Henry Molaison? American dude. Had his hippocampus sucked out through a tube. Deliberately.
The doctor thought he was curing his seizures. Hardcore story, absolutely astounding that it happened in the US. Or happened full stop.
And in 1953! But it led to a major breakthrough in finding out how our memory works, and what types of memory there are. Into the Mind SBS One, 7.30pm
Brainy: Michael Mosley