Why “A Fistful of Neurons”?

I like to listen to podcasts when I’m driving. In one of my favorite Stuff You Should Know episodes, the guys referenced The Astonishing Hypothesis, a 1994 book by Francis Crick — one of the co-discoverers of the molecular structure of DNA. In it, he wrote that “you,” your joys, sorrows, memories, ambitions, and your sense of identity are nothing more than an assembly of nerve cells.

Actually he said, “You’re nothing but a pack of neurons.” Josh and Chuck, the guys behind the SYSK podcast, re-quoted him as saying “a fistful of neurons.” My first thought was, “Man, that’d be an awesome band name!” But since I lack musical abilities and no one would let me re-name their band, I settled for naming my blog instead.

What is it all about?

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 10.05.58 PMAs you have probably guessed from my header, I dig anatomy. I have ever since my first cadaver lab in high school. Fascinated by the structure and function of the human body, I went on to graduate from massage therapy school, and was later accepted into the Kinesiology program at UIC. After distracting myself with startups and social media for a few years in between, I finally returned to school in 2013. In May 2015, I graduated with an Associate of Science, and in April 2017, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Imaging Technology. (That’s a fancy way of saying x-ray technologist). Most recently I began working at my county’s morgue, where I x-ray bodies and remains.

I love geeking out over blood, bones, and biology. A Fistful of Neurons is where I get to do just that. It’s a mix of science, space, anatomy, and health-related posts with some personal anecdotes thrown in as I push forward in my education and medical career. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

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