Carl Schoonover is a neuroscientist and one of the founders of NeuWrite, a collaboration between writers and neuroscientist.
Carl is a neuroscience PhD candidate at Columbia University, where he works on microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex. He the author of Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century, and has written for the New York Times, Le Figaro, the Huffington Post, Science, Scientific American, Design Observer, and Boing Boing. In 2008 he cofounded NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between. He hosts a radio show on WkCR 89.9FM, which focuses on opera and classical music, and their relationship to the brain.
“If you take a brain out of the skull and you cut a thin slice of it, and you put it under even a very powerful microscope, there's nothing there. … It won't tell you anything.”
“[Images of the brain] are very beautiful, but they're also very powerful. They have great explanatory power.”
“If you're thinking of the brain as a computer, [the neuron] is the transistor.”