Source: The Human Spark: "Becoming Us"
Major funding for The Human Spark is provided by the National Science Foundation, and by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the John Templeton Foundation, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, and The Winston Foundation.
ALAN ALDA: We’re born with immature brains – in part because human anatomy limits the size of a newborn’s head.
As a result, much of the brain’s growth takes place after birth.
Here’s how a modern infant’s skull enlarges from birth to adulthood, with most of the growth in the brain case.
In contrast the skull of one of our early ape-like ancestors grew mainly in the face and jaw.
So the brains of today’s children are literally created out in the world; they have 17 or 18 years to mature and absorb the culture and language of the people around them. This long childhood could be a vital component of the Human Spark, of what makes us unique.
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