February 21st, 2006

Some men don't, some 007 work, prosopagnosia, and 'on death and dying'...

People say the darndest things.

This morning, a gaggle of women (three) were hovering around the coffee station at work. It's a three-burner station, and they were waiting for the currently-brewing pot to finish. On the second burner was a full (to the brim) pot of regular, and on the back burner, a half-full pot of decaf.

As soon as the currently-brewing one finished, they grabbed it, and filled up about 5 Styrofoam cups full of it, emptying about three-fourths of the pot.

"This is the good coffee," one of them said to me indicating this fresh pot. "It's flavored. Vanilla-nut."

"Oh, I'll take some," I replied.

One of the others said, "Well, some guys don't like it, but it's real good."

Thought One: Does this mean that all women like it?

Thought Two: For some queer reason, when it comes to these male/female-type preferences, I usually side with women.

My Process Improvement and Effectiveness Meeting went well today, and went to the minute of its alloted time.

The book club met today, and we all brainstormed on how to help Janet find the name and address of a guy to whom she had sold a car.

Mary, having had a cheating husband, is quite adept at all things spy.

As soon as I got home, I walked for 30 minutes.

While doing so, I listened to a most interesting podcast:

2006-02-18 / What's in a face? / 30:16 / ABC Radio National

SUMMARY: Faces are the most important biological stimuli we see and we've evolved to be exquisitely sensitive to the most minute changes in another person's face. But what happens when our brain's ability to recognise the human face breaks down?

A woman is interviewed who has prosopagnosia. She talks about what it's like not to be able to recognize people by their faces - not Princess Di's, not her own family members, and sometimes not even her own. She has a hard time watching movies, too: "Is that the same guy who was in the scene in the bar a few minutes ago?"

In addition to the personal stories, there's an interesting bit about the research into this disorder that's being studied on, and applied to helping, schizophrenics.

I believe you can listen to it here. (It's 30 minutes long.)

On my friend Irene's behalf, I posted this question on a discussion forum I follow. Feel free to post your own thoughts on the subject.

Do you have an emotional connection, or an ongoing relationship, with people in your life who have died? If so, how does it manifest itself? (For example, do or did funerals, cremations, cemeteries, ashes, or any other rituals or mementos play a role in the connection or relationship?)

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