OT: losing memories (was Re: How many of you are Extreme Programmers?)

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Fri Apr 25 15:17:30 CEST 2003

Erik Max Francis wrote:
> In all seriousness, there are cases of severe brain injury (volume wise)
> which result in surprisingly little actual impairment of abilities.
> There's obviously the Phineas Gage case (who, after having been involved
> in a railroad construction accident had a very large piece of metal fire
> through his brain, destroying most of the left frontal part of his
> brain) retained most of his mental acuities but had some emotional
> behaviorial changes).  

Okay, let me get this straight.  The very large piece of metal
fired through his brain *after* he was involved in an accident?

He must consider himself lucky that the accident itself didn't
cause any damage!



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