Our brains are intricate machines, capable of some truly remarkable tasks - tasks of which most of us are unaware. There is a practically endless roster of fascinating - and even creepily unsettling - facts about the human brain, which only further illustrates the astonishing capabilities and complexities of this crucial organ. Since it's so easy to take for granted all the ways our brains serve and protect us, we've assembled a list with just a small sampling of fascinating things to learn about your brain.
First: a little background on just what the brain does. We humans have the largest brains of any mammal relative to body size. It essentially serves as the body's command center. It regulates the nervous system, processing information from the sensory organs and sending information to the muscles of the body. Different areas of the brain are responsible for processing and carrying out different tasks, but in a very real sense, all the disparate parts work together to keep us functioning, protected, and prepared - oh, and alive.