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London’s streets are a mess. Roads bend sharply, end abruptly, and meet each other at unlikely angles. Intuitively, you might think that the cells of our brain are arranged in a similarly haphazard pattern, forming connections in random places and angles. But a new study suggests that our mental circuitry is more like Manhattan’s organised grid than London’s chaotic tangle.

It consists of sheets of fibres that intersect at right angles, with no diagonals anywhere to be seen.Van Wedeen from Massachusetts General Hospital, who led the study, says that his results came as a complete shock. “I was expecting it to be a pure mess,” he says. Instead, he found a regular criss-cross pattern like the interlocking fibres of a piece of cloth.
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This may explain why we really like bagels.
London's streets were built around houses. Manhattan's houses were built around the streets. Our brain cells must have emerged after the grid is configured.
Didn't Christopher Wren come up with a more structured street plan after the great fire (which was ignored)?
+Gordon Wells yes, it was ignored because while a lot of the buildings were gone the people who owned the land they'd sat upon were still there and didn't want to budge. Moving them would have meant great expense, so apart from law changes on the width of streets etc London largely got rebuilt on the same street plan it had before the fire.
Sounds like my brain. Somethings I will never forget even though I would like to. Kinda like telling a story about a tragedy in your life and you start to cry from reliving it all over again. Or like a smell you never forget. My brain is full of Scared memories that have only made me stronger. If it keeps up I might turn into a guy that can walk on water!
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