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As someone who wants to study the human consciousness I found this very interesting.

Scott Routley was a “vegetable”. A car accident seriously injured both sides of his brain, and for 12 years, he was completely unresponsive.

Unable to speak or track people with his eyes, it seemed that Routley was unaware of his surroundings, and doctors assumed he was lost in limbo. They were wrong.

In 2012, Professor Adrian Owen decided to run tests on comatose patients like Scott Routley. Curious if some “vegetables” were actually conscious, Owen put Routley in an fMRI and told him to imagine walking through his home. Suddenly, the brain scan showed activity. Routley not only heard Owen, he was responding.

Next, the two worked out a code. Owen asked a series of “yes or no” questions, and if the answer was “yes,” Routley thought about walking around his house. If the answer was “no,” Routley thought about playing tennis.

These different actions showed activity different parts of the brain. Owen started off with easy questions like, “Is the sky blue?” However, they changed medical science when Owen asked, “Are you in pain?” and Routley answered, “No.” It was the first time a comatose patient with serious brain damage had let doctors know about his condition.

While Scott Routley is still trapped in his body, he finally has a way to reach out to the people around him. This finding has huge implications.




This is incredible! I almost want to cry! Amazing, just amazing.

(via emt-monster)


One day a man was digging through the fridge in the office lunchroom when he saw a big burrito on a shelf. He pulled it out and admired it.

"That’s a nice looking burrito," he thought, "I’m going to eat it."

An hour later the man heard a strange sound. He listened closely. It sounded like a voice.

"Where is my burrito?" it groaned.

When the man heard that, he got very scared. But he thought, “there’s no proof I took it.”

Then he heard the voice again, only closer this time.

"Seriously, guys, where is my burrito?" it groaned.

The man directed his attention back to his computer, hoping that the voice would go away. Then he heard the voice again. Right next to his desk.

"This isn’t cool. Someone took my burrito," it GROOAAAANED.

"I saw Barry eating a burrito" said Carol.

"Oh shit," thought the man, who was named Barry. He looked up at Todd, who up to this point was just a voice he had been trying to ignore.

"What the fuck, Barry?" Todd GROANED, "Why would you do that?"

Then everyone had to participate in a seminar about office courtesy run by HR, EVEN IF THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH “THE BURRITO INCIDENT”!


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