Yes, it’s Halloween, a sort of Beta Christmas. And as is typical, local streets and shops are festooned with images of witches, pumpkins, ghosts, and — of course — skeletons. Because skeletons are scary, you see.
In an age of austerity, it is good to consider ways of cutting out unnecessary expenditure. With this in mind, I offer you here some home-grown guts and gore: namely, some MRI images of my own innards, all pimped up GIF-wise for your entertainment.
…to be SCARED!
You see? It’s true. I have no heart.
This one gives a side-on view of the above. Again, no heart:
And this last one’s my fave. It features pretty good detail on my upper spine, spinal cord, brain stem, and cerebellum:
So what have we learned from all this? Well, MRI scans offer some pretty clear images of soft tissue inside the body, all by beaming some magnetic waves in there and measuring what happens (see here for more). Secondly, try to avoid growing old, if at all possible — your proneness to semi-random muscle-tears and spinal disc herniation just escalates. And thirdly, GIFs are fun, fun, fun!
Compliments of the season to you all…
Brian Hughes is an academic psychologist and university professor in Galway, Ireland, specialising in stress, health, and the application of psychology to social issues. He writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, medicine, and politics.