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THE AUTOMOBILE BRAIN.

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THE AUTOMOBILE BRAIN.

The New York Times
March 20, 1904


The Automobile Brain
A debate recently took place in Paris between a brain specialist and an eminent physician as to the effect high-speed auto racing had upon the brain. There was a marked disparity in the views set forth, and this has led to much discussion on the subject.

The brain specialist predicted that motor maniacs will be represented in the insane asylums in the near future. There are a few already there, and he contended that many more should be confined although driving their cars unmolested at the present time.

It remains to be proved how fast the brain is capable of traveling; if it cannot acquire an eighty-mile speed per hour, then an auto running at the rate of eighty miles per hour is running without the guidance of the brain, and the many disastrous results are not to be marveled at.

If this is true, it must be said that automobiles run remarkably well alone and without the aid of the guiding brain, for even at their best speed not more than 20 per cent. of them meet with accidents, and a large percentage of these are due to defective machinery. The brain specialist predicted that the future high-speed automobilist will have an elongated brain as compared with the normal brain, as shown in the illustrations.



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