Bond villains, neurosurgery and facial recognition

A recent article published in Nature asks whether we should trust a Bond villain to conduct accurate neurosurgery. The answer is an unsurprising and resounding “no,” but the neuroscience behind the scenes is fascinating.Despite Blofeld’s heavy-handed approach, he clearly knows something about the science of facial recognition. The new James Bond movie – Spectre – recently opened its doors to much applause. It took a staggering $80.4 million in its opening week. But, before we pat the media juggernauts on the back, we should check the science. Hollywood never claimed to be a bastion of scientific thought, but sometimes it is worth poking holes, especially if it makes for an interesting read. Neurosurgeon and scientist Dr. Michael Cusimano, of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, watched the recent movie and…

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