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12-03-2012, 10:38 AM
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Coolest Thing about the Human Body

I've sort of wanted to be a doctor since i was 17, at 23 i'm...not very close at all to getting there (maybe if i do well in school) However, the human body is still one of the coolest things on our planet IMHO. Amazingly complex, so many systems working together at the cellular level coming together to form intricate organs and collaborating body systems. Amazing stuff!

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I'd say that the brain, in general, is pretty mesmerizing to think about.

Also, to quote Neil deGrasse Tyson, the fact that we're all made up of supernova remnants is pretty neat, too.

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The sheer complexity of the human body is an amazing thing in itself. Back when I was in school and took a cellular biology class, our prof emailed the class a Harvard animation that shows many of the processes that occur in the cell.


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The Human Brain named itself.

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The brain and by far. Something so complex and it controls the rest of the organism and even if you remove half of it, the other half can adapt and pick up the slack.

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The testicles, their temperature is only about 90F. Definitely the coolest part of the body.

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The fact that it can heal itself. That always blows my mind

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The fact that it can heal itself. That always blows my mind
Doctors don't heal, they just put us in a position to heal


Over the course of 10 years, every living cell in your body dies and is replaced. You, and everyone else, are made of cells less than 10 years old.

You're all a bunch of cradle robbers

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Doctors don't heal, they just put us in a position to heal


Over the course of 10 years, every living cell in your body dies and is replaced. You, and everyone else, are made of cells less than 10 years old.

You're all a bunch of cradle robbers
Not neurons.

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Brain, not close.

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Not neurons.
Thanks, didn't know that part. Was mentioned to me by a friend in passing, must've missed that part.

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Doctors don't heal, they just put us in a position to heal


Over the course of 10 years, every living cell in your body dies and is replaced. You, and everyone else, are made of cells less than 10 years old.

You're all a bunch of cradle robbers
Yeah this is largely true, but not universally.

I've always thought that the chemical actions responsible for neural signals were pretty awesome- so much happens in such a small amount of time, all coordinated too.

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I'd say that the brain, in general, is pretty mesmerizing to think about.

Also, to quote Neil deGrasse Tyson, the fact that we're all made up of supernova remnants is pretty neat, too.
Always liked that quote, essentially we are the universe experiencing itself. Regarding the body, I'm not sure if it counts because it's abstract, but the fact that we're conscious is the coolest thing. By extension of that fact and to more appropriately answer the question, the brain.

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The brain and by far. Something so complex and it controls the rest of the organism and even if you remove half of it, the other half can adapt and pick up the slack.
The plasticity is pretty amazing. People missing a complete hemisphere but yet can still function relatively well.

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I've sort of wanted to be a doctor since i was 17, at 23 i'm...not very close at all to getting there (maybe if i do well in school) However, the human body is still one of the coolest things on our planet IMHO. Amazingly complex, so many systems working together at the cellular level coming together to form intricate organs and collaborating body systems. Amazing stuff!

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http://listverse.com/2008/06/10/top-...he-human-body/

http://listverse.com/2012/09/01/10-m...ut-our-bodies/
if you are not on your way at 23 it might be time to get a new dream

coolest thing about the human body is its ability to self heal

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12-08-2012, 07:45 AM
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if you are not on your way at 23 it might be time to get a new dream

coolest thing about the human body is its ability to self heal
Not really true. Plenty of people start med school in their 30's.

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Not really true. Plenty of people start med school in their 30's.
This is true

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The brain is so cool we barely even understand it.

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Not really true. Plenty of people start med school in their 30's.
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This is true
its true but unless you are otherwise financially welll off i wouldnt recommend it.

4 years med school and a minimum of 3 years residency will put a lot of people in substantial debt heading into their 40's, and pyhsician pay is going nowehre but down.

My advice to anyone considering medicine as a career is, if you love it, and cant imagine doing anything else, then it will be rewarding and satisfying(thats how it is for me)... but if you choose medicine over some other career that you would have enjoyed just as well, you'll likely be frustrated and probably regret it...

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Not really true. Plenty of people start med school in their 30's.
Reading this instantly brought this scene into my head.


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You're made up of nonliving material. Isn't that a trip?

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You're made up of nonliving material. Isn't that a trip?
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Human embryology is amazing.

Two microscopic cells come together. Within three weeks, those cells have formed a foetal mass with a heart beat. By two months parts are starting to distinguish themselves, limb buds, head, face, eyes, etc. By the fourth month the fetus is visably human including visibly distinct gender, albeit the proportions are still working out and organs are developing. Fetal urine is the amniotic fluid that is inhaled to develop the lungs and swallowed. By the start of the third trimester, the fetus is developed enough it is possible although difficult to survive. By the seventh month the survival rate has vastly improved, and at the eighth month, the baby is basically developed and survivable, but hangs on another month for good measure. Amazing stuff!

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You're made up of nonliving material. Isn't that a trip?
I wouldn't say "made up"

The outer skin layers and hair are dead cells. Everything inside is living cells.

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I wouldn't say "made up"

The outer skin layers and hair are dead cells. Everything inside is living cells.
And the cells are made up of atoms...

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