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WHAT-DOES YOUR BRAIN WEIGH
It Is Now Thought That the Size of
the Eye Tells Something About
the .Weight of the Brain.
If you want to"Tmowho,w big a
brain your best friend posse'sses take
a careful look at' his . eyesV You can
find out about your own brain .in the
same vfay. -If -.the eyes are larger
than ttie average: his brain is. large.
If they are smaller his brain will be
This is a new theory thathas re
cently been announced after long
study of the comparative size of the
eye and the braurUy a' group of stu
dents interested in such things. The
average human brain "weighs 3
pounds, 3 ounces. A person with big
eyes has a larger brain than .that and
a person with smaller eyes a smaller
brain, according to the new theory.
Some poet or philosopher announc
ed that the eye is the window- of the
soul. By the new method the'eye can
also be. taken as the weighing scales
of the brain.
The discovery of the relation be-J
tween the eye and the brain as to size
came about in a very curious way.
A fish gave the first evidence that
there was something in the theory.
There are two lands of fish belonging
to the same species that are caught
on the coast of Brittany which were
being used for some scientific experi
ments. There wasa difference in the
size of the brains, qf , these fish for
which the investigators could not ac
count, although they knew there was
also a slight difference in the' intellir
gence of the two specimens. It was;
discovered that there was a.difference,
in the comparative size of tEeye to.
the brain that the fish with thelar
ger brain also had the larger eye.
Careful examination was made of
a number of specimens and the inves
tigators turned to'other species. They
found that certain -toads of totally
different weight and size had, neyer-
th,elessjrac.ticaUy the-same size,
and eye. From 'toads1 to animals and "
to human beings was but a short step
and then the announcement was
And the' pe6plewho have made this
.discovery; xiaim that their work
shows the. Intelligence of the brain,
too. For instance,, if a higher intelli
gence came from a -larger brain the
most intelligent; thing in., the: world
would be a whale. A while's brain
weighs as much as 15 pounds. And
the elejihaht would be the-next be
cause an. elephant's brain .weighs on
an average of 3-'pounds.' -But notice
the "difference, in comparative size be
tween the .eyeqf an elephant andjts
brain. The'horseis generally credited
with being''the'mpst intelligent of ani
Inals. The: ibrse iasn't anything like
as large abrainVas the elephant, b'ut
he has an eye. that is "almost as large.
Therefore, it "isn't .always he size
of tlje brain that counts': Napoleon,
Caesar, Disraeli, Jay Gouldjand a host
of "qther men whom history calls
great because of their mental capac
ity were men of small brain in bulk,
but they had large eyes and large
"Dat scroundrel Mieuel. he
away with my senorita."
Did you kee-eel him?
"Not yet Isave him for the next
revolution." . " .