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Brain-(nearly) absent man baffles medical experts

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From Britain’s Telegraph

Here was a young couple driving home through Hancock Park, a well-heeled suburb of mansions and manicured lawns. Lewis was a thriving film producer of 36, best known for the huge comedy hit Look Who’s Talking, starring John Travolta, and Marcy, 27, was in marketing. They’d been married five months.

Then they were T-boned in a traffic accident.

Doctors deemed his cognitive function so low it was untestable – that is, an IQ below 50. It was likely, they said, that he would have to rely on others for even the most menial of tasks for the rest of his life.

But

But then his recovery began. It has been a long road, littered with surgeries, and even now it isn’t over – but, today, Lewis has not only regained most of his cognitive function, he actually has an IQ as high as the one he had before the crash. He is an extraordinary medical phenomenon and gives hope to all those facing similar challenges.

Read it and hope.

Especially:

Until relatively recently neuroscientists believed each part of the brain had a well-defined, unchanging role; if it was damaged there was little you could do about it, you just had to learn to live with it. But it is now widely acknowledged that the brain is more versatile than that and that, with the right sort of cognitive training, it is possible to persuade other areas of the brain to take on, at least to some extent, the tasks formerly carried out by those areas that have been damaged. More

This recently recognized brain tendency (neuroplasticity) could become quite important in addressing dementia, a common problem for the increasing numbers of very aged people, and early life disorders like delayed development (retardation).

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8 Replies to “Brain-(nearly) absent man baffles medical experts

  1. 1
    Axel says:

    It’s always more convenient for materialists to think in neat compartments – which makes them such a drag on scientific progress.

    Signs indicative of this have been on record for some time now, haven’t they? Oooh errr…. where might it all lead? More and more quantum mechanics and then theology?!! Don’t let Richard Lewontin know about it.

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    Axel says:

    “It’s remarkable that it’s still possible to discover something fundamentally new about quantum mechanics, which has been around for nearly 100 years. Here we see a richer, more complex set of long-range correlations that nobody knew existed before.”

    … from:

    http://blogs.chapman.edu/press.....nectivity/

    I rest my case.

  3. 3
    Axel says:

    Love that expression, ‘hammer-type’ measurements ! Quantum hammers, I expect, are like gold dust, and difficult to come by.

  4. 4
    bornagain77 says:

    Simon Lewis: Don’t take consciousness for granted – video
    https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_lewis_don_t_take_consciousness_for_granted
    After a catastrophic car accident that left him in a coma, Simon Lewis found ways to recover — physically and mentally — beyond all expectations. At the INK Conference he tells how this remarkable story led him to concern over all threats to consciousness, and how to overcome them.

  5. 5
    Mung says:

    A brain with a nearly absent man?

  6. 6
    Querius says:

    Actually, I know of several people who have fully regained their cognitive abilities after dumping Darwinism. 😉

    -Q

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    bornagain77 says:

    This case reminds me of hemispherectomies. Hemispherectomies are cases in which people, who have a severe epileptic neurological disorder, have half their brains removed in order to relieve the condition.

    Yet, if the mind of a person were merely the brain, as materialists hold, then if half of a brain were removed a ‘person’ should only be ‘half the person’, or at least somewhat less of a ‘person’, as they were before, but that is not the case. The ‘whole person’ stays intact even though the brain suffers severe impairment:

    Miracle Of Mind-Brain Recovery Following Hemispherectomies – Dr. Ben Carson – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zBrY77mBNg

    Dr. Gary Mathern – What Can You Do With Half A Brain? – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrKijBx_hAw

    Removing Half of Brain Improves Young Epileptics’ Lives:
    Excerpt: “We are awed by the apparent retention of memory and by the retention of the child’s personality and sense of humor,” Dr. Eileen P. G. Vining; In further comment from the neuro-surgeons in the John Hopkins study: “Despite removal of one hemisphere, the intellect of all but one of the children seems either unchanged or improved. Intellect was only affected in the one child who had remained in a coma, vigil-like state, attributable to peri-operative complications.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08.....lives.html

    Strange but True: When Half a Brain Is Better than a Whole One – May 2007
    Excerpt: Most Hopkins hemispherectomy patients are five to 10 years old. Neurosurgeons have performed the operation on children as young as three months old. Astonishingly, memory and personality develop normally. ,,,
    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,” Freeman says.
    Of course, the operation has its downside: “You can walk, run—some dance or skip—but you lose use of the hand opposite of the hemisphere that was removed. You have little function in that arm and vision on that side is lost,” Freeman says. Remarkably, few other impacts are seen. ,,,
    http://www.scientificamerican......than-whole

    Moreover, hemispherectomies offer empirical support for ‘the argument from divisibility’, which is an argument for the existence of the soul/mind.

    Dr. Moreland elaborates on ‘the argument from divisibility’ at 38:20 minute mark of the following video.

    Case for the Existence of the Soul – (Argument from Divisibility at 38:20 minute mark) – JP Moreland – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....age#t=2299

    semi related note:

    In the following videos, although the girl in the videos was written off as hopelessly retarded by everyone who saw her, reveal that there was/is indeed a gentle intelligence, a “me”, a “soul’, within the girl that was/is trapped within her body. And that that “me” was/is unable to express herself properly to others because of her neurological disorder.

    Severely Handicapped Girl Suddenly Expresses Intelligence At Age 11 – very moving video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNZVV4Ciccg

    Carly’s Café – Experience Autism Through Carly’s Eyes – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmDGvquzn2k

    Verse and Music:

    1 Thessalonians 5:23
    And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Made New – Lincoln Brewster
    http://myktis.com/songs/made-new/

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    humbled says:

    ” Actually, I know of several people who have fully regained their cognitive abilities after dumping Darwinism – Q” Haha brilliant.

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