Speakers Suzana Herculano-Houzel: Neuroscientist
Why you should listen to her:
She suggests that it was the invention of cooking by our ancestors -- which makes food yield much more metabolic energy -- that allowed humans to develop the largest primate brain. She's now working on elephant and whale brains to test her hypothesis.
"It took me a couple of months to make peace with this idea that I was going to take somebody's brain or an animal's brain and turn it into soup. ... It's really just one more method that's not any worse than just chopping your brain into little pieces."Read more about Suzana Herculano-Houzel on the TED Blog »