For those new to this website, like all our Oprah fans, I should tell you that last month I was invited to Duke University. They held a three-day conference called “Finding Consciousness” and asked that I take part on one of the panels; caretakers and advocates. This conference was packed with the pioneers in brain research.
Now, I’m not fooling myself, I was probably invited almost as an afterthought. Maybe even as a person who could fill time? It didn’t matter. Duke University treated me like a VIP! I wanted to make their decision to include me worthwhile. I owed it to them to shine.
That, I did.
Enough bragging about myself (which I never really tire of) and I’ll get to the point. Wired Magazine was on-hand the entire time. Wired is dominant source for science and technology coverage. I know this because I’m a bit of a techie and science nerd. Getting notice by them is a big deal because of the audience it draws. Duke University’s conference is an example of how selective Wired is.
“Gentle and articulate, Diviney visibly wears the weight of his responsibility to his son. “I have a purpose,” he said. “Damned be that purpose, but I have it.” ~ Wired
Thinking back, I’d estimate their were probable twenty speakers or more in total. My turn to speak was roughly 2/3 through the event, closing out the second day. Anyhow, I was both delighted and honored that Wired felt what I had to say was one of the few segments it featured in its article. I was thinking I did something noteworthy that they used mine to wrap-up the article but think they were just writing it as it was presented. No matter, it fit perfectly and was the hook that tied it all together.
The article, Is Anybody in There? Searching for Consciousness in an Injured Brain, is excellent! Damned excellent! It’s written for the non-expert to understand and appreciate. It tells how science is showing that those with brain injury, no matter the severity, might be more aware than people imagined.