Safecracking the Brain

What neuroscience is learning from code-breakers and thieves

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Sep 11 · 15 min read
Retro-style illustration of two people sitting at a control panel
Retro-style illustration of two people sitting at a control panel
Illustration: Emiliano Ponzi

By Virginia Hughes

It’s hard to imagine an encryption machine more sophisticated than the human brain. This three-pound blob of tissue holds an estimated 86 billion neurons, cells that rapidly fire electrical pulses in split-second response to whatever stimuli our bodies encounter in the external…

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