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Re: Biomusic

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The biomusic part sounds like bullshit.
But the following is a fairly well-documented phenomenon.


Severely aphasic stroke victims have found their first post-stroke words in songs which they grew up with. I don't understand the neurology, but the speculation I've heard is that we process music with different parts of our brains from language, and those parts might be able to route language signals around an infarction.
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It is facilitated communication in all of its tragic innocence.

If you effectively decapitate a body--destroy the consciousness trigger of the brain stem--leaving the person in--not a coma--but a permanent vegetative state, the body will respond to external stimuli, particularly with such phenomena as rises in heart rate, et cetera.

One does not need to destroy the entire area of the brain stem to effect this. One can also effect the same by globally destroying the cerebral cortices--which is what you get in anoxic injuries. Such victims will have the auditory apparatus intact and can respond to sound. One of the more "scary" examples is "coma vigil" where when you walk into the room the person turns his head and looks at you. It is a reflex.

But, as a parent, would you not want to believe your child recognizes you?

Hence the "tragic."

One of the best Law & Order episodes made--one of the better shows of all series--debunked facilitated communication leaving the parents in the show with nothing. As the prosecutor explains, the day before a mother believed her son loved her. Now?

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