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Patients show consciousness in vegetative state?

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Film Detects Consciousness in Vegetative State

Researchers at Western University have extended their game-changing brain scanning techniques by showing that a short Alfred Hitchcock movie can be used to detect consciousness in vegetative state patients.

The narrator notes that this find may have ethical implications.


Terri Schiavo, sorry you don’t get mail any more. You’d like to know someone noted this.

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4 Replies to “Patients show consciousness in vegetative state?

  1. 1
    Mung says:

    Vegetative in this context simply means non-ambulatory or perhaps incapable of sensation and should not be confused with their soul, which remains intellective.

    Amazing how Aristotle still persists to this day. 🙂

    Plants lack the ability for sensation.
    Vegetables are plants.
    Some humans appear to lack the ability of sensation.
    Therefore some humans are vegetables.

    you figure it out

  2. 2
    Querius says:

    There are levels of consciousness, right? Not just on or off.


  3. 3
    Mung says:

    I would not call them levels of consciousness, and consciousness isn’t the real issue. Animals are conscious.

  4. 4
    Querius says:


    Ok, so here are the medical classifications of consciousness and coma:



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