他们甚至还发起了一个组织，叫“扁平地球社”（Flat Earth Society）
corpus callosum of Albert Einstein’s brain: another clue to his high
据不完全统计，美国华盛顿邮报(The Washington Post)、洛杉矶时报(Los
Angeles Times)、 科学快讯(ScienceShot)、五角邮报(Pentagon
“People are waking up，” said the event organizer Gary John。 “We‘re
seeing an explosion of interest in Flat Earth theories and
以下引用的是《华盛顿邮报》（The Washington Post）报道：
活动组织者 Gary John
Einstein’s brain a wonder of connectedness
By Melissa Healy, Published: October 13
Albert Einstein had a colossal corpus callosum. And when it comes to
this particular piece of neural real estate, it’s pretty clear that size
The corpus callosum carries electrical signals between the brain’s right
hemisphere and its left. Stretching nearly the full length of the brain
from behind the forehead to the nape of the neck, the corpus callosum is
the dense network of neural fibers that make brain regions with very
different functions work together.
are, that brawny bundle of white matter cleaving the Swiss physicist’s
brain from front to back is part of what made Einstein’s mind so
phenomenally creative, according to researchers who have been studying
the organ of the man whose name has become synonymous with genius.
When the corpus callosum works well, the human brain is a marvel of
social, spatial and verbal reasoning. When it malfunctions — as it
appears to do in autism, fetal alcohol syndrome and certain genetic
disorders, as well as after traumatic brain injury — the effect on
cognition can be disastrous.
“One is that， go look or stand outside – the world is clearly not
moving！” he said。
Even when he died at the age of 76, Einstein’s corpus callosum was a
veritable superhighway of connectivity, researchers reported last week
in the journal Brain. Not only was it “thicker in the vast majority of
subregions” than the corpus collosi of 15 elderly healthy males; it was
also thicker at five key crossings than those of 52 young, healthy men
in the prime of their lives.
Upon Einstein’s death of an aortic aneurysm in 1955, his heirs approved
the removal of his brain for scientific study. A trove of histological
slides was made, each a minute slice of the universe that lay beneath
that shock of white hair. While some of those slides are housed at
Princeton University, where Einstein spent his final years, and at the
National Museum of Health and Medicine in the Washington region, many
have been lost or stolen. Without a full picture of Einstein’s brain,
the basis of the theoretical physicist’s genius has eluded scientists.
The second is that “no matter where you live on this supposed ball， you
seem to live right on top of it。”
The photographs that form the basis of the new study unexpectedly came
to light in 2010. That’s when Florida State University evolutionary
anthropologist Dean Falk began making inquiries about some images of
Einstein’s brain she had seen in an earlier publication.
The photos, along with some slides and letters, were found among the
effects left behind by Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who had removed
Einstein’s brain. Harvey’s heirs went on to donate those to the National
Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Md.
“Someone should be living on the side of the ball， with a perfectly
vertical landscape， and people should be living underneath it， walking
upside down，” reasoned Nesbit。
Soon after, Falk was contacted by Weiwei Men, a physicist from East
China Normal University who had a special interest in the brain and was
an ardent admirer of Einstein.
Men had developed a technique for measuring the thickness of the corpus
callosum in Chinese table tennis players, whose sport requires
remarkable feats of inter-hemispheric coordination. He had heard that
the trove of images included cross-sectional views of the physicist’s
corpus callosum and approached Falk to collaborate on a study.
Last year, the two researchers were co-authors of a report that offered
a remarkably detailed look at the organ’s surface. The brain’s extra
folds showed evidence of unusual volume in a number of regions likely to
have been key to Einstein’s spatial and mathematical creativity.
The high-resolution photos even revealed evidence of Einstein’s lifelong
love of playing the violin — a large “knob” on the surface of the
primary motor cortex, where the left hand is usually represented.
“We know that continuous east-west travel is a reality，” he said，
according to The Telegraph。
Their latest analysis is based on several of these same photographs,
which showed the right hemisphere separated from the left. Those
pictures revealed the corpus callosum with great resolution and
The researchers were particularly impressed by the relative brawn of
Einstein’s corpus callosum at the splenium. That’s a region that
facilitates communication among the parietal, temporal and occipital
lobes. (The parietal and occipital lobes, in particular, are key to
imagining and manipulating visuospatial information and images and to
conducting mathematical operations.) The splenium also keeps those
regions in touch with the brain’s intellectual command center, the
“One logical possibility for those who are truly free thinkers is that
space-time wraps around and we get a Pac-Man effect。”
Earlier studies of Einstein’s brain found some regions, notably the
prefrontal cortex and the parietal lobes, were just plain bigger than
those of normal people. But, the authors wrote, “Our findings suggest
that Einstein’s extraordinary cognition was related not only to his
unique cortical structure and cytoarchitectonics, but also involved
enhanced communications routes between at least some parts of his two
The new report underscores that the ways in which we use our brains —
and the consistency with which we do so — may matter more as we age,
said Peter U. Tse, a Dartmouth College neuroscientist who has explored
the underpinnings of artistic, scientific and mathematical creativity.
Tse noted that, while Einstein’s brain was much better connected than
those of similarly aged men, it was not so different than those of young
and healthy controls.
That might reflect the fact that Einstein continued to exercise his
brain strenuously, forestalling much of the atrophy that comes with age.
美国华盛顿邮报(The Washington Post)
“My research destroys Big Bang cosmology，” speaker David Marsh
claimed， according to The Telegraph。 “It supports the idea
thatgravitydoesn‘t exist and the only true force in nature is
美国洛杉矶时报(Los Angeles Times)
同样根据《每日电讯报》的报道，发言人 David Marsh
He had a deep mistrust of the legal profession。
印度经济时报(The Economic Times)