As someone who wants to study the human consciousness I found this very interesting.
Scott Routley was a “vegetable”. A car accident seriously injured both sides of his brain, and for 12 years, he was completely unresponsive.
Unable to speak or track people with his eyes, it seemed that Routley was unaware of his surroundings, and doctors assumed he was lost in limbo. They were wrong.
In 2012, Professor Adrian Owen decided to run tests on comatose patients like Scott Routley. Curious if some “vegetables” were actually conscious, Owen put Routley in an fMRI and told him to imagine walking through his home. Suddenly, the brain scan showed activity. Routley not only heard Owen, he was responding.
Next, the two worked out a code. Owen asked a series of “yes or no” questions, and if the answer was “yes,” Routley thought about walking around his house. If the answer was “no,” Routley thought about playing tennis.
These different actions showed activity different parts of the brain. Owen started off with easy questions like, “Is the sky blue?” However, they changed medical science when Owen asked, “Are you in pain?” and Routley answered, “No.” It was the first time a comatose patient with serious brain damage had let doctors know about his condition.
While Scott Routley is still trapped in his body, he finally has a way to reach out to the people around him. This finding has huge implications.
One thing I haven’t really seen discussed much yet about CATWS is the role of the Smithsonian exhibit and how it informs the theme of identity in the movie. As lots of you probably know by now, I find the presence of history (as a discipline) really cool when it appears in pop culture, so I kinda want to talk about what putting this exhibit in the movie does on a narrative level. Because museums tell stories through cultural artifacts, right? Only, cultural artifacts don’t always tell the whole story, or at least don’t tell a single story. The story they tell very much depends on how they’re curated: how they’re displayed, what they’re displayed with, how they are contextualized and commented on by the curator(s).
So while the exhibit is about Captain America, at least one of the stories that it’s telling is actually about Bucky.
#I’M HAVING A LOT OF FEELINGS #I wanted more about the actual exhibit tho #and how important it was that steve broke into the smithsonian and got his old uniform #literally reaching into the static past and making it evolutionary future #steve as a character is so grounded in the past while being absolutely progressive and that is a good mirror of his characterization #he uses the tools he got/things he learned in the 30s and wwii to shape the way he approaches the future #he’s in a unique position to literally make history while resurrecting it at the same time (blueshoesandbluemountains)
OH MAN THIS THOUGH
I think the way Steve interacts with the exhibit is so interesting. The fact that he goes to see it at all is heartbreaking, because why bother looking at an exhibit about something you already know more intimately than a collection of display cases could convey? Partly because he wants the comfort of something familiar, I’d argue, but also partly because he wants to see how it is that he’s remembered. He has so many doubts about the world that he’s been left in that he wants to see how his reality matches up with the story composed ex post facto, to see how much he can trust about the mythology created in his name. That’s Steve trying to figure out if this America is one he wants to serve, and he’s doing it by comparing his memories (which he trusts) with the story he’s now being fed about himself (which he’s not sure about yet).
(DO NOT THINK ABOUT HOW THIS COMPARES TO BUCKY’S SITUATION, OKAY, BECAUSE THEN YOU’LL HAVE FEELINGS AND DIE. BUT YES, THAT IS WHAT I’M GESTURING AT.)
The second time he visits the exhibit is to steal his old uniform. I didn’t think much of it at the time because I was too busy laughing at Stan Lee’s cameo, but the implications of this are kind of agonizing. He takes his old uniform specifically because he knows he’s going to have to face Bucky, and he wants to do it in something familiar to Bucky. Remember that that’s what he was wearing the last time Bucky saw him in 1944/5. He knows that Bucky doesn’t remember him, but he wants so desperately for Bucky to recognise something that he takes one of the few pieces of their shared history left in this world specifically in the hope that it triggers something for Bucky.
In both these cases, he’s not interacting with the exhibit out of nostalgia, but because it can do something for him in the here and now. Even while history tells us about the past, the way that it’s told tells us about the present. And while he could have left his old uniform as an artifact, testament to his relationship with WWII-era America, instead he takes it and wears it in an effort to change the course of American history as it unfolds today.
THESE PEOPLE HAVE THE MOST GORGEOUS EYES IN THE WORLD! WHERE DID MY GENE POOL GO WRONG?!
I could have become a fanboy for quantum physics and become the most productive smart man in the world but instead I decided to lay my affections in fictional alien characters and I can’t even get a degree in that.
Deleted scene from Star Trek XI.
"…constant?" Sassmaster Junior over here.
I … look. Is there some reason people keep posing ray of sunshine actors side-by-side in photos that look like fucking holiday cards (‘From our family to yours, here’s hoping you have a joyful holiday season!’) and/or wedding announcements? First the Tylers, now this? Listen, I’m not saying I’d watch this romantic comedy, but I’d watch this romantic comedy.
Monument Valley is Out Today!
Written by Elliott Finn
Remember that stunning, Escher-inspired puzzle game for iOS that you saw the trailer for a few months ago? Well, you can play it right now!
So to get to 51% of the electorate the Republicans are going to have to pull some votes from previously offended demographics.
the greatest part of yesterdays episode. now wheres the womens part?
She kills it every single time on that show. Every. Single. Time.