Is Your Brain Really Necessary?
How does the brain remember what it learns? What happens when you think? Is your mind the same as your brain?
As modern science learns more about the wonders of the brain, it also learns that it is farther than ever from learning how the brain works. Some former materialists are beginning to ask whether man has a non-material, spiritual part.
A few years ago, doctors tried to save a child suffering from a severe brain disease by removing the entire left half of his brain. Since important centers for language and speech are in the left half of the brain, they did not expect the child to speak in a normal way ever again. Not only did the child recover, but as he grew into adulthood, his language skills were far above normal. Professor John Lorber writes about a student who had an IQ of 126 and held academic honors in mathematics, yet was found to have virtually no brain tissue at all. Professor Lorber decided to study similar cases. He found several, and at least half of these people who had 95 percent of their cranium filled with spinal fluid instead of brain tissue had higher than average IQs. Professor Lorber wrote about these cases in an article titled "Is Your Brain Really Necessary?"
Yes, our brains are really necessary. However, these examples show us that the brain God has given us is even more marvelous than we thought. They also show that there is a great deal more to us than simply tissues and organs. Not one of us can claim that God didn't give us the mental abilities to be productive in glorifying Him!