Sometimes we are joking about other people and how stupid they are, act or react to a certain situation. Of course, we all know best and we would have done it differently…in fact for us these are nobrainers, right?

Now, what most people think or at least shout at people who did something stupid (who are we to judge anyway?) is that they have less brains or no brains at all, right?

This inspired me to dig into this a little more and I discovered that occasionally children are born without brains! YES, I couldn’t believe it either. Anyway, for those interested, it is called anencephaly and here are some facts (Oh, it’s not my intention to create a freak-show) :

On the 26th May 1788, Mary Clarke, aged 26 years, delivered a (seemingly) healthy baby that lived for five days and twenty-one hours. Examination after death revealed more extraordinary facts: the baby had NO brains! (more info)

Summer 1935, New York City experiences a similar case, where the baby lived for 27 days. (NY Times)

We walk by Faith, not by sight… Heartbreaking story of Faith, a brainless child that lived for 3 months and 4 days. Very cute! (Read the blog)Baby Faith Hope - Anencephaly

Honestly, by reading her story, I lost track of time, my busy schedule, everything.  Relativity kicks in and time to think about what it is we are doing here on earth. I don’t want to sound too philosophical, but I start reflecting on my own life and must laugh at the relativity of our everyday challenges. When was the last time you took some time to contemplate on your life?

Anyway, back to the story. There are also people with less brains.

In Germany lives a 10-year old with only half a brain. It was discovered when she was 3 years, but she’s in great shape, capable of doing everything like normal kids.  (German source)

Now, there are also people who have 2 brains. Meet Abby and Britty Hensel.

Sometimes, when we look at brain-stuff, people tend to recite about the Allegory of the cave (Plato), neurotransmitters, left/right brain, ambidexterity, corpus callosum (60’s epilepsy)  or brain-in-a-vat. By the way, have a look at this interesting Split Brain Experiment.

From researching and writing this article,  I learned a completely different meaning of a “nobrainer”. On top of it, it made me realise once more how happy I am with my healthy body. We sometimes take our health for granted…


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