File this one under “Dr. Frankenstein’s Medicine Show.”
Let’s deal with the medicine part first and the Frankenstein part second.
On the medical front, good news! Researchers have found a way to communicate with patients who are in a “persistent vegetative state.”
Turns out that they, or some of them, ain’t so vegetable-like after all!
Here’s how it works: Hook the “vegetable” up to an MRI machine and ask the
person to think about playing tennis. Note what areas of the brain light up.
Then ask the person to think about walking through their house. Note what areas light up then.
Then say, “I’d like to ask you some questions. If you want to answer ‘yes,’ think about playing...READ MORE