I must move on to other stories about false knowledge infesting the sciences and social sciences, but realized that I should notice this comment to this post:
Bottom line is that even if the Gage story is wrong it does not show what is currently known about TBI. Whether Gage is true or not does not invalidate or falsify this, although O’Leary seems to imply this and I guess hopes it will stick.
I replied: Taylor, I am glad I came back one last time. You speak as a true Darwinist!!
It is clearly of NO consequence to you that the Phineas Gage story is probably false – as long as it fronts your agenda. You are not ashamed of the hundreds of false stories fronted about this man.
No, I did not think you would be.
Would you raise a single objection to the next imposition on students about Phineas Gage?
Trashing the good name of an honest man who coped surprising well with a catastrophic disability is a small price to pay for fronting the “truth” that we are but naked apes.
I will make a post of this, I swear. And I am as good as my word. Ipsa dixit.
If you ever decide to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, and discourage the use of the Gage story in textbooks, I hope to be the first to give you publicity. Why not? But I have the feeling that I would be counting cobwebs interminably if I bothered to wait for that.
The last thing people like you care about is evidence.
Truth, falsehood, and nonsense all front materialism – and Darwinism – equally, right?