In the age of MRIs, a new form of art is emerging. Capturing the brains of people at their most intimate moments, like this mother and child:
(credit: Rebecca Saxe and Atsushi Takahashi / Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT / Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT)
But the ultimate brain scan art would be if Oprah posed intimately with other luminaries, since Oprah’s arguably both the biggest brained member of both her race and her gender and the most successful member of both her race and her gender. The MRI scan could be displayed in the Oprah Winfrey wing of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The reason brain size tripled in 4 million years of evolution is that our bigger brained ancestors were not only smart enough to help themselves survive and prosper, but also their tribe.
Oprah helped her tribe just by being such a visible example of success for so long, but also by building the most beautiful school in Africa and by using her incredible influence to elect a black President who brought health care to millions of the working poor.
For the first time in history, hundreds of millions of blacks could see themselves in the most powerful and prestigious job on Earth and this changed the trajectory of their lives. Millions of people of all races, for the first time in their lives saw that a black could be king of the World and stopped seeing blacks as inferior.
And not only was the king of the World black for eight wonderful years, but SO WAS HIS WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A black woman was First Lady. And not just any black woman, but a homegirl who liked to shoot basketball and give people fist bumps. For the first time on a global level, this unique brand of black femininity was validated at the highest level. Millions of blacks were validated because she reminded them of their auntie and the type of everyday black woman they saw on the bus.
As the former editor of the Harvard Law Review, President Obama probably thinks he was the mastermind behind his and Michelle’s success, but I suspect the real brains was the woman with the World’s largest black brain:
But coming from poverty, sexual abuse, and a very humble college, Oprah worships the Ivy League Obamas like brilliant black Gods, not realizing she was the true Genius behind their throne.