Thanksgiving Menu – I am going to imagine that those prices are in cents, not dollars. Even today, if I looked at that menu and found those prices in dollars, it would be way to expensive. I guess I’d really be thankful on Thursday if I could afford that, LOL.
As for the coma guy who wasn’t in a coma, did I see that on House last season?
The ‘facilitator’ is clearly working the hand like a stylus and entering whatever the ‘facilitator’ wants.
I can use ‘Facilitated Communication” too. Watch how great it works! My stuffed orange dinosaur named “Agumon” is actually sentient! Now, he is full of flame retardant stuffing… so he can’t actually use the keyboard himself, but by holding him, I can type what he is trying to say:
Agumon: “Foolish humans! When I escape from the horrific bonds of this frail but astonishingly cute form, I will kill you all!”
Don’t get me wrong, I feel bad for the guy. He may well be ‘paralyzed’ and not in a coma. But this is a TOTAL FARCE.
Bob, that’s hilarious. +1 Karma doesn’t convey the depths of my appreciation for your ‘discovery’ that Agumon is a completely sentient stuffed animal.
mark robbins |
November 24th, 2009 at 11:59 am
Need to hear what independent medical professionals think of this guys brain scan but the facilitated typing is most certainly a hoax. That guy was typing at lightning speed. My parents don’t even type that fast.
It’s a shame that people are taking advantage of that family who are very obviously in a lot of pain and looking for anything that’ll bring some meaning to their lives. Now we have to be the assholes who tell them they’re making it all up.
Hate to badmouth Randi but does he not understand the difference between testing autistic kids with brains that have never worked normally and those that have an injury? Were the brain scans that showed “almost normal” activity faked? I think Randi may be a bit too cynical for his own good on this one.
Now his brain may have shown almost normal, and he may well be locked in. But the video does seem pretty darn bogus. I’m certainly not a psychologist but looking at the speed of the typing, I would suspect that 2 fully able people trying to type a message with 3 hands trying to guide a single finger wouldn’t be able to type anything that fast. It looked like the facilitator was using the patients hand to type not the other way around.
Wow, ask a question (taking no sides) about Terry Schiavo, and *wham* ..negative karma. Ouch.
@PeeDub: True. The few family members and friends I have known that have been in comas never recover. One of my cowrokers just passed away after being in a coma for a year becuase his brain finally quit working. My guess is that Houben is a very, very rare exception.
My impression was that there were two levels of fishiness #1. The most obvious is the facilitated communication stuff Randi (absolutely justifiably) rails against. The other is the more subtle issue is that of “voodoo correlations” in fMRI results. (Fine discussion of how a dead salmon responds to human emotional states to be found here).
Some people predicted that these power giveaways to a GOP president would someday come back to haunt the same GOP that approved them. These same people predicted that when a liberty loving Democrats were in power they would fight to hold on to the powers granted their his predecessors, civil liberties be damned.
These people who got both predictions correct generally self-identified as libertarians, the Cassandras of American politics.
Peter Ramins |
November 24th, 2009 at 3:58 pm
#22, #23 –
Combining this portion of this thread with the Orwellian thread of a few days ago, I can see a time coming when a Libertarian getting a box of hats fixed to his head seated next to a Republican and Democrat getting the same treatment will say something like “I told you so.”
And the Republican and Democrat will say, in unison: “You’re such a crackpot fringe lunatic, shut up.”
Peter Ramins |
November 24th, 2009 at 3:59 pm
So is the Belgian case a hoax or not? The Internet is giving me contradictory information. (#1 is right though–as a rule, don’t link Dailymail.) I read the Randi thing, but Laureys does appear to be a real doctor.
“For horrible things #1, it is Johnny Got His Gun in real life.
Does it makes you rethink Terry Shiavo?”
Actually not in the slightest. If anything it reaffirms Terry Shiavo for me. I would much rather be dead than paralyzed and ignored for 23 years. Keeping someone who is definately brain-dead alive seems less cruel as they aren’t there feeling anything.
This assumes its not a hoax which it appears to be.