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  1. DigitalGalaxy
    March 20, 2013

    A great article to tribute someone who lost quite a bit. At least the rest of us gained something for his loss.

    Perhaps its only wishful thinking, but if some spiritual part of us remains after we are dead, maybe he can now get to look back on the the life he lived after the surgery.

    RIP HM!

    • Vector
      March 21, 2013

      You said, “if some spiritual part of us remains after we are dead, maybe he can now get to look back on the the life he lived after the surgery.”

      I sure hope so. If not, then his life was merely a sad parody. Though I share your assessment of beneficiary gratitude, I find it such a travesty of nature that such a thing is even allowed to even occur (that “Y benefits from the loss of X”). Why can’t everyone and everything be happy and healthy? Will this question ever be answered, or is my asking it pointless because the Cosmos will be eternally cold and cruel to its children?

      In case you’re wondering, I do also feel this way about animals and possibly even plants (assuming that plants are even conscious, especially to the degree to which animals or humans are). In other words, I’m slightly bothered that we take their lives to maintain our own, as if our lives are more important. Are our lives more important than theirs? Let’s assume that they are. Does this give us the right to take their lives? If it does, then why does this give us the right? These are thoughts I debate within myself. For the record, I do eat meat. I have been contemplating whether I should continue to do so or not.

      My comments are only mental ejaculations of slight frustration concerning the issue of suffering I’ve harbored for some time. No offense against you was intended.

      • JaHand
        March 23, 2013

        To answer your questions, there is such thing as good and bad, joy and sorrow for us to take as we can, avoid and endure respectively@cosmos. Is your life more important than others, that is for you to decide… Is it your right? Same answer, though you should probably look back at the first sentence and wisely make your choice. Why do you have the right? Definitely something to think about, “what is sustainable in the long-run?” Good luck with your ejaculations of suffering along with those of the other readers.

  2. dual_and_duality
    March 23, 2013

    Not sure where to post this comment but:-
    “Noble” prize (when link shows correct spelling)
    You “defended” the year 2008?
    “the graying person that greeted him in mirror ” missing “the”
    “more important that localizing memory” should be “than”
    “Molaison had an above-average IQ and was considered intelligent (he completed crossword puzzles every day) for the his entire life. ” – “the his”

    Call me pedantic (you wouldn’t be the first) but errors like this get in the way of enjoying the interesting article. If these errors exist in the non-technical sections, can I trust the sections that are more unfamiliar to me?

    • Peter Murray
      Peter Murray
      March 25, 2013

      Thanks dual and duality,
      I agree that typos are unprofessional and detract from otherwise good reading. They inevitably slip through the cracks sometimes. Must not have had my third cup of coffee yet.

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