… Personhood, that is.
So you think you have a handle on how the brain works? You’re sure, absolutely sure, the Terri Schiavos of the world are incapable of thought or feelings? Do you think you even know your own mind?
We’ve discussed babies with no brains, people with “vegetables” for brains, and preborns who experts (at spin) say can’t possibly think.
Well from her fingertips to your ears, here is yet another voice.
Makes you wonder who is really lacking in grey matter. Or it should.
About this video and its author, Amanda Bagg, Wired.com reported February 25….
The YouTube post, she says, was a political statement, designed to call attention to people’s tendency to underestimate autistics. It wasn’t her first video post, but this one took off. “When the number of viewers began to climb, I got scared out of my mind,” Baggs says.
As the hit count neared 100,000, her blog was flooded. At 200,000, scientists were inviting her to visit their labs. By 300,000, the TV people came calling, hearts warmed by the story of a young woman’s fiery spirit and the rare glimpse into what has long been regarded as the solitary imprisonment of the autistic mind. “I’ve said a million times that I’m not trapped in my own world,'” Baggs says. “Yet, what do most of these news stories lead with? Saying exactly that.”…
Baggs is working on some new videos. One project is tentatively titled “Am I a Person Yet?” She’ll explore communication, empathy, self-reflection — core elements of the human experience that have at times been used to define personhood itself. And at various points during the clip, she’ll ask: “Am I a person yet?” It’s a provocative idea, and you might find yourself thinking: She has a point.
Can’t wait to view that one.
[HT: moderator MK, who also composed most of this post; graphic courtesy of autism.org]