The most striking science analogy I’ve ever heard

August 23, 2010

Next time I need an off-the-chain neuroscience analogy, I’ll know to call David Linden of Johns Hopkins. He floored me with the following, from the August 12 NPR: Environment podcast:

If there were a giant with her head in Baltimore and her toe off the coast of South Africa and she was bit by a great white shark on the toe on Monday, she wouldn’t feel it until Wednesday and she wouldn’t jerk her toe until Saturday.

The segment begins at 16:24. The quote comes at 17:50.

Here’s a world map:

Update [8/24/10]: Science writer Lauren Rugani wants your best (and worst) science analogies.

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One Response to “The most striking science analogy I’ve ever heard”


  1. […] by Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David Linden, which science writer JR Minkel calls “The most striking science analogy I’ve ever heard.” I won’t steal the thunder of JR’s brief post by quoting Linden’s comment, […]


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