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Reply Thu 5 Apr, 2012 01:34 pm
Quote: Strange but True: When Half a Brain Is Better than a Whole One
You might not want to do it, but removing half of your brain will not significantly impact who you are

The operation known as hemispherectomy—where half the brain is removed—sounds too radical to ever consider, much less perform. In the last century, however, surgeons have performed it hundreds of times for disorders uncontrollable in any other way. Unbelievably, the surgery has no apparent effect on personality or memory.

Another study found that children that underwent hemispherectomies often improved academically once their seizures stopped. One was champion bowler of her class, one was chess champion of his state, and others are in college doing very nicely

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=strange-but-true-when-half-brain-better-than-

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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 5 Apr, 2012 01:36 pm
@Rickoshay75,
the careers of any politician in the world will also back up the claim, i believe that many had both hemispheres removed
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Reply Thu 5 Apr, 2012 07:29 pm
@djjd62,
djjd62 wrote:

the careers of any politician in the world will also back up the claim, i believe that many had both hemispheres removed


I'm more inclined to see them with their heads up their asses.
djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2012 04:09 am
@Rickoshay75,
interesting you'd say that, both asses and brains have that crevice down the middle of them, so really, they're not that much different
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Rickoshay75
 
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Reply Fri 13 Apr, 2012 02:20 pm
@djjd62,
djjd62 wrote:

the careers of any politician in the world will also back up the claim, i believe that many had both hemispheres removed


Both hemispheres removed and still has a brain not as strange as you think...

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One famous 44 year old French patient [right ] had completely intact memory despite the discovery that his skull almost completely empty! It was full of fluid with just a few centimeters of brain tissue surrounding this empty space, clinging to the bony cranium. He apparently suffered from encephalopathy as an infant and it was never previously detected.


http://www.viewzone.com/memorytest1.html

I've always believed the memory was in the pre frontal lobe so maybe the brain is there too.

Back to the drawing board...
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Reply Fri 13 Apr, 2012 02:37 pm
@Rickoshay75,
Here are two items from a book titled: Disorder in the American Courts. I think they bear on the issue being discussed.

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy on him!





ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law

Rickoshay75
 
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Reply Sat 14 Apr, 2012 02:33 pm
@Frank Apisa,
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?>>

LOL... Reminds me of the old movie I saw last week -- Donovan's Brain (1953) --
it was also in a jar
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