'Evolution' by Alex G Griffiths
How Toxins Destroy Brains
About a quarter of your body’s metabolism goes toward operating and maintaining your brain. In order to process even basic information, billions of chemical signals are constantly being carried between neurons. The undertaking is so onerous that even though your brain is not moving (like, say, the powerful muscles in your legs), it uses around 10 times more calories per pound than the rest of you. Most of that industrious brain and its 86 billion neurons were created in a matter of months. During the first few weeks of gestation, when your mother knew you only as morning sickness and you were a layer of cells huddled in one corner of her uterus, those cells lined up, formed a groove, and then closed to form a tube. One end of that tube eventually became your tiny spinal cord. The rest expanded to form the beginnings of your brain.
The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost.
—Henry David Thoreau
"You can’t help but get some of that dust on your fingers.
With the moon, fat white swoll.
And with me, and with you, and the hair that we grew.”
A “to do” list, a la Johnny Cash.