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I'm sorry but... what? I don't even... Confused.
It says that ''Children with anencephaly are considered unable to think or have emotions'' but then what made him alive if all our conscieness really is is electrons firing between synapse and chemical reations in our brain?
Basic biological functions.
We're wired to see human-like features in loads of things, and basic biological functions can elicit a degree of empathy or confusion. Just the part of the brain that regulates essential things like bloodflow and breathing was still there.
what does the brain stem do? does that just connect it?
but then, there's lines like this:
''Nickolas was apparently in good spirits just days before his death. Recent photographs posted on Facebook show the boy smiling and laying in a pumpkin patch.
'He was laughing because he thought it was funny that we couldn't get him to stay still enough to roll off the pumpkins,' Kohut said.''
But clearly he didn't think anything was funny. And how was he ''good spirits''?!
But his family understandably projected emotions/reasons for his actions as a way of coping with his condition. Desparately sad.
It's got some utterly unsettling and heartbreaking photos.
sat in work looking decidedly queasy as Sister Sledge plays in the background.
This is the best comment ever.
Sexy_girls managed it for the last 20+ years
You mods are getting real cocky
I've always been this much of a prick
Lets have sex sometime
I know where you've been, sunshine.
"maybe" then. I'll be in touch.
what's this thread about?
Without a brain, Nickolas couldn’t speak, eat or walk and frequently suffered from debilitating seizures.
you'd cry yourself to sleep every night, wouldn't you? :(
I also don't think I would have it in me to keep him alive like his family did knowing the type of pain he was in :(
Oh, and I'd like to take this opportunity to apologise to all for making my first DiS thread in, ohhhh... over a year, a Daily Mail-linking, depresso-fest.
Won't happen again!
if you love something, set it free
or whatever the quote is
am I the only one seeing the girl from Flight of the Conchords in that first photo?
even more so than typical DM comments
but am I the only one thinking it's pretty outrageous that they selfishly tried to keep him alive that long in the first place?
"A baby born with anencephaly is usually blind, deaf, unconscious, and unable to feel pain."
If this is one of the 'unusual' cases where it could actually feel pain, then yeah it seems pretty selfish. But is a brain-stem alone even able to *feel* pain?
invertebrates can feel pain but not suffering (the brain's interpretation), for example. so although he can't suffer, he can "feel" pain. I wouldn't torture a starfish regardless.
I agree that pain and suffering are different things. I think the latter requires a degree of self-awareness and some sort of expectation of one's continued existence through time, which clearly would require a more complex nervous system.