Neuroscience, paleo-mammalian thinking, and racism

I’m not a neuroscientist and I won’t pretend to know all the inner workings of my neural pathways. But for quite a few years, I’ve had an amateur’s interest in the structure and functioning of the human brain. This hobby has been stimulated by the plethora of brain research taking place in Vancouver, where I’ve lived for 30 years. A former director of the UBC’s Brain Research Centre (now the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health), Dr. Donald Calne, initially piqued my curiosity about neurodegenerative diseases. He was the first to use synthetic dopamine in treating Parkinson’s disease. In the 1990s, Calne was suggesting links between Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease. It was a controversial hypothesis. Not long afterward, I was fortunate to interview Canadian Medical…


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