Monday, December 20, 2010

Article 19 Poll
Who would you rather be, this woman who is addicted to her hair-dryer? Or this woman who lacks the capacity to experience fear?

It would be easier to hide a hair-dryer addiction than an inability to be fearful, but it would be a more embarrassing problem, right? Plus, how cool would it be to go through life without being afraid?

On the other hand, placing yourself in imminent danger without concern probably has some kind of down side. And, presumably an addiction can be treated, whereas the rare no-fear brain disease apparently can't.

Discuss.

4 comments:

stevie t said...

Would definitely rather want to be hair dryer woman. No-fear seems really dangerous--hard to believe she survived this long. And "SM" seems an odd acronym to go with....

Doug said...

How long before some military whack comes up with a way to shut down a soldier's amygdala?

stevie t said...

Probably already has.

Don said...

There's a lot I don't really get about no-fear woman. Even if she doesn't have that visceral reaction, surely her rational sense of consequences is intact? She must know the mugger with the knife could likely cause her to experience pain and death and at the very least ruin her day. So maybe she doesn't respond to this threat with fear, but with something besides ambivalence?