The combining form neur- is derived from the ancient Greek νευρο- and later the Latin nervus meaning nerve and is used to form scientific terms relating to the nervous system.1 Aptitude is formed by combining the adjective apt from the Latin aptus, meaning fitted or suited, with the suffix –tude also of Latin origin and generally used to create abstract nouns.1 Aptitude has many definitions, but the most pertinent for this story’s purpose defines aptitude as a, “Natural capacity, endowment, or ability.”1 Thus, the neologism neuraptitude is intended to illustrate the natural capacity inherent to the human mind.
Matthew MacKinnon, MD is a psychiatric resident physician who designed Neuraptitude.org to serve as an online scientific publication dedicated to uncovering the natural capacities of the human mind by exploring topics that reveal, bit by bit, the intrinsic enormity latent within the brain. Neuraptitude.org publishes articles from numerous fields of study from biology to economics, epidemiology to psychology, and everything in between. The unifying theme of Neuraptitude.org is its focus on the liberating power of knowledge.
Neuraptitude.org adopts principles from the peer-review model of scientific literature and presents complete citations with every article. Readers are encouraged to view articles critically, offer constructive feedback, and engage in an active process of investigation.
-The Designers of Neuraptitude.org
- Oxford 2016, Press. Home: Oxford English dictionary. http://oed.com. Accessed June 17, 2016.