As heady as our progress has been, we need to stay completely honest with ourselves and acknowledge that we have only discovered a tiny fraction of what there is to know about the human brain. But the modest amount that we have discovered makes for a story more exciting than any Sherlock Holmes novel. I feel certain that as progress continues through the coming decades, the conceptual twists and technological turns we are in for are going to be at least as mind bending, at least as intuition shaking, and as simultaneously humbling and exalting to the human spirit as the conceptual revolutions that upended classical physics a century ago. The adage that fact is stranger than fiction seems to be especially true for the workings of the brain. In this book I hope I can convey at least some of the wonder and awe that my colleagues and I have felt over the years as we have patiently peeled back the layers of the mind-brain mystery. Hopefully it will kindle your interest in what the pioneering neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield called "the organ of destiny" and Woody Allen, in a less reverential mood, referred to as man's "second favorite organ."
In mid-2010, Girls' Generation signed with Nayutawave Records (present-day EMI Records Japan ), which is a division of Universal Music Japan , to venture out to the Japanese music scene.  Their debut release in Japan was a DVD titled New Beginning of Girls' Generation , released in August 2011, which features seven of the group's music videos and a special bonus footage.  The DVD debuted at number four on the Japanese Oricon DVD Chart on August 23, 2010;  in doing so, Girls' Generation became the first Korean girl group to earn a top-five DVD on the Oricon chart.  It has sold 60,000 copies in Japan and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).   In September 2010, Girls' Generation released the Japanese version of " Genie " as their debut single in Japan.  It peaked at number four on the Japanese Oricon Singles Chart and was certified platinum for digital sales exceeding 250,000 units by the RIAJ.   The following month, the group released their second Japanese single, " Gee ", which reached number two on the Oricon Singles Chart.  "Gee" became the first single by a non-Japanese girl group to enter the top three of the Oricon chart since 1980.  It is the group's most successful single in Japan, selling 207,000 copies and achieving a million certification for sales figures standing at one million units by the RIAJ.   Amidst their Japanese activities, they also participated in the SMTown Live '10 World Tour alongside their labelmates, which started on August 21 at Seoul Jamsil Olympic Stadium . 
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