S.S. TED-Ed #2 – The Cockroach Beatbox

First of all, I want to commend the neuroscientist speaker Greg Gage for the awesome delivery and creative demonstration. It’s one of those learning videos that you wouldn’t even realize that you’re already into one of the most technical fields of science.

Second, this is not entirely about a cockroach’s ability to beatbox. Rather, it is an experiment about how human brains work involving a cockroach leg, an iPhone, and a beatboxer. That sentence I wrote just now sounded really weird, but it’s amusingly effective!

You see, Gage’s idea came from the premise that a human brain is very similar to a cockroach brain. That could come as quite a shock since cockroaches are just common insects that we try to exterminate for their deadly dirty bodies. A lot of people are afraid and annoyed with them, but they might not realize how similar they are to each other.

What’s more horrifying to the human ego is that the experiment only needed a cockroach leg to prove his points! Goodbye, Pride. This probably explains why people could live many years without thinking as much as needed. LMAO

But despite the laughs and amusement within the auditorium, it cleared out how the brain could receive and send neuron signals to different parts of the body. By making the leg in contact with a song and beatboxer’s sound waves, he made it move and jerk like it’s still instructed by its severed brain. Several college student brains exploded that day, and mine did too today.

Visit the official TED-Ed website for the full-on learning experience. Wanna check out my other TED-Ed and TED-Talk commentaries? Click here for a complete and updated list. Spread the love and spread the knowledge!

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