Thursday, December 08, 2005

Zombies Want My Brain


Will I need this when I'm gone?

Would you donate your brain to science?

There is a particular brain bank that wants my brain (because I'm special--interpret "special" liberally). I found out about this brain bank through a researcher in my field. She gave me a list of "special" brains that the bank would like to have. This issue has come up before, and I've thought about it so many times that one would think that I've come to a decision.

I am already an organ donor, but your brain is a different beast. I can't figure out how I feel about it. My brain won't really let me understand; it loves to avoid big issues.

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13 Comments:

At 11:07 AM, Blogger trisha said...

I would donate my brain. Sure. Why not? I won't need it again, will I?

Man, how much would it suck if you needed your brain in the next life and you had donated it?

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

I think I've already sketched my position on this. I so envy you for having a special brain though, you neuroanatomically sexy thing, you. I'd like to see somebody go on extreme makover for that.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

BTW, now that I see your picture I think we might have taken O-chem together ;-)

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

Murkey: O-chem, huh. Which time? I don't think I've ever been called "neuroanatomically sexy" so thanks...I think.

Trisha, I'll take your brain and add it to my collection...hee...hee...oh, did I say that with my outside voice?

 
At 3:57 PM, Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

Which O-chem? Um, oh, right. It was that day the fume hood broke and you succumbed to vapors. We were trying to see what we could eke out of the NMR that day. Amazing what you can accomplish with a couple erlen meyers, some rubber hose and a little TLC paper wedged just so. Bizarre it took those Nobel guys so long.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger trisha said...

I have a visual-spatial brain. Just so you know.

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger shrinkykitten said...

Today I got an email from girlshop.com. the title of which was, "Giifts for the 'special' people in your life." (and yes, the "special" was in quotes!). So, apparently because at least your brain is "special" I need to get you some babydoll lingerie for xmas. What size does your brain wear?

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

My grandma donated her entire body to science.

Congrats on being sought after - it's nice to be wanted for our brains!

 
At 11:38 PM, Anonymous jenny said...

I will donate anything but my entire body. I just don't want to be a cadaver. I know, I know - my brother's a doctor, so I know someone has to do it so people can learn. Just don't want it to be me. Oh yeah, and donating my skin creeps me out a bit, too.

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

OMG, never volunteer to be a cadaver. They put you in a dark, creepy room with a drip bucket under your stretcher...
Trust me.

Shrinky: I think my brain is sort of tiny because my head seems tiny--I'll have to ask the Vicky's lady to measure it...

Murky: Were you my lab partner? I must admit that I was a bit taken aback when you turned to me on the first day of class and said, "So, ummm, do you like the movie Goonies?" After you made me fresh aspirin with the perfect melting point, I kind of warmed up to you.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger William the Coroner said...

Yanno, there's nothing so difficult as asking a crazy person if you can have their brain when their done with it. I know. I've done it. Granted, these folks were paranoid schizophrenics, but really, I felt I was just adding fuel to the fire.

The nice thing, really, is that now I have legal authority to take your brain (or anything else I need) if you are under my jurisdiction. We always let people know, of course, it's rude not to, but there's no such thing as informed consent from a dead guy.

Oh, yeah, I concur with Murky, but I think you're neuroantatomically sexy. The way you wave those hippocampi at me, good heavens.

Dr. Zeus

 
At 5:42 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

My oh my, the moon must be full such as to attract dorks like us;)

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger sue said...

I think I'll keep mine, thanks... that is, after I find it...

 

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