A recent study of the causes of mental retardation performed at MIT suggests that our brains aren't too dissimilar from plants in a garden.
Small bushy spines grow from brain cells. The brain prunes these all of the time in order to keep the cells protected from the overgrowth of the spines. The study suggests that mental retardation is caused from an inability of the brain to do its pruning.
Scientists are now driving towards the creation of drugs that could do the pruning for the brain when it stops.
It's fascinating enough to think about the concept of a garden within, let alone a gardener...Tweet