Why You Can Have a Tapeworm in Your Brain and Still Live Fairly Normally


Mind Hacks looks at a number of unusual cases, such as a woman missing a cerebellum and a man who had a tapeworm eat its way through his brain over four years, and asks what these kinds of cases are telling us about what we do — and don’t — know about the human brain.

Why you can live a normal life with half a brain (Mind Hacks, December 29, 2014)

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