21 May 2008

Phineas Gage, L'enfant Sauvage,
And Selfish-Idiots

Via: Neurophilosophy Blog. Four representations of Phineas Gage, from Macmillan, M. (2006). Restoring Phineas Gage: A 150th Retrospective. J. Hist. Neurosci. 9: 46-66. [Abstract]

As always, over yonder at Neurophlosophy, Mo finds the best stuff to feed my fascination with the Psycho-Sciences, Neuroscience, and any unusual studies and cases of the same. Particularly fascinating is the history of all of it, and how we have generally found answers in those cases. I have long been captivated by these stories, and this brings me back to learning about the mind and it's complexity at a very young age. When I think of these stories, The Wild Child is most enthralling. Sure, the fact that Phineas Gage "survived", (relative) , having a huge blasting bit driven through his skull is fascinating stuff, along with how it may directly relate to the unprecedented survival, and so-called "functioning" of military personnel who have suffered TBI's. (Traumatic Brain Injury). But then I discovered L'enfant Sauvage in the 70's at a small theater near my home, and I was hooked. To my good fortune, this place screened documentaries, foreign, and independent films on an off-night of the week. I saw Truffaut's L'enfant Sauvage, Harold and Maude,(Ashby), a series of Chaplin films and many more. That little place opened a lot of doors for my mind.
Phineas Gage, L'enfant Sauvage,
And Selfish-Idiots
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Anne said...

Thank you sir, for them most graphic iillustrations!
I'm off to bed and was hoping for sweet dreams.
Yep, rest assured I will hold both mr Phinnias Cage and mr Hill Billy accountable for any facial crazyness that might turn up.

Hillbilly said...

oops! sorry. next time i'll skedule that kind of post for after yer sleepy-time. that way, benhästen can preview it for you. have a good sleepy-bye. :)

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