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The brain is a miraculous network full of surprises – and nowhere is that more apparent than inside Homer's head
Jeremy Cassar

21 Mar 2016 - 3:57 PM  UPDATED 21 Mar 2016 - 4:01 PM

Neuroscientist Dr David Eagleman’s digital journey towards the squishy center of our brains, sensibly titled Secrets of the Brain, rewarded you with more info that you’re free to use in order to come across as dynamic at dinner parties.

However, no true thesis on our most astounding organ is complete without including a decent sized case study on that ageless, adorable, animated legend - Homer J Simpson.

The relationship between Homer and both his mind’s eye and inner-voice is intimate, surreal, problematic and fricking hysterical.


No dissection of Homer’s head can really begin without establishing its enviable complexity

One that’s only made more complex by an underlying fondness of his uptight neighbour

Sometimes, no neuroscientist or psychologist can find reasonable links between Homer’s thoughts and conventional rationality

But at other times, a first year psych student could read his mind on the second day of class

Sometimes, Homer’s imagination is astoundingly vivid and firmly couched in reality

But too often, Homer’s mind’s eye is plagued by theories of genius

Granted, those theories usually involve beer - Duff, Fudd or otherwise

Nobody knows exactly how Homer’s brain grew so distinctly worthy of analysis…


…but nobody can deny Homer’s brain is as powerful as a wild, four-legged beast


And beasts get hungry. Mmm… hypothetical pig

Feed that Simpsons brain and it can transform the mundane into the fantastical

And can reach Oscar-Winning-Actor-Leonardo-DiCaprio-levels of Inception


But like any overworked force of greatness, it can sometimes push itself too hard

And requires a soothing spot of quality entertainment

Until of course, too much entertainment becomes distracting and strains the relationship between man and brain


Luckily, the pair have come to understand that boundaries are important - and that absence makes the heart grow fonder…

…and that even when spending time apart, Homer can still function with some semblance of coherence

But the lovable odd-couple belong together, as revealed in this passionate exchange:


Watch Secrets of the Brain on Mondays at 7:30pm (AEDT) on SBS and after broadcast on SBS On Demand.

Missed the latest episode? Watch "What Makes Me?" right here: