Apparently some people have been fainting at the "Brains: The Mind as Matter" Exhibition at the Wellcome Trust because they can't stomach some of the exhibits. In particular, there is a video of brain surgery in action from the 1940s/50s and another of shock treatment from the same sort of period. I wasn't fazed by either - I'm made of stern stuff, I guess.
That said, it did get me thinking. Are younger generations of Brits unable to deal with reality? They grew up without seeing animals or other "real" life; if you grew up on or near a farm you likely wouldn't get squeamish over the sight of a few innards. You'd have seen at least a chicken being killed and cows being milked and wouldn't get distressed by the sight of a brain or two. I don't know.
I really enjoyed the portraits of people who have donated their brains for research, it really humanised the whole thing. Would you donate your brain for research? I am thinking it's a good idea...but I am yet to fully decide.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
I'm always thinking, debating, considering and revising my views - some of those deliberations will be shared right here.