Wilder Penfield
August 28, 2008 1:15 PM   Subscribe

Cue creaky accent from Canada's Heritage Minutes:

"Some people say he mapped the human brain, but I call him the greatest man alive."
posted by yellowbinder at 1:33 PM on August 28, 2008

View said Heritage Minute here.

I smell burned toast!
posted by yellowbinder at 1:41 PM on August 28, 2008

I read that as Neutral Cartographer, so I pictured a guy in a drab outfit drawing maps in various shades of gray.
posted by burnmp3s at 1:45 PM on August 28, 2008 [1 favorite]

Wow, I read that as carbon neutral photographer.
posted by acro at 1:50 PM on August 28, 2008

/chooses between “adulation of interesting post” and “utter snarkfest” on his Penfield Mood Organ.
posted by Artw at 1:54 PM on August 28, 2008 [1 favorite]

I saw the Penfield Man once and said "Wow, that's really how I feel sometimes, especially when I'm drunk or half-asleep."
posted by infinitewindow at 2:28 PM on August 28, 2008

posted by homunculus

Self-link. Dude, not cool!
posted by maudlin at 2:36 PM on August 28, 2008 [2 favorites]

So this is the fellow responsible. I saw video of the cortical electrostimulation procedure in a psycholinguistics class. Totally fascinating. Doctor will have the patient talking, talking, talking, and then hit, say, Wernicke's area, and it all turns to garbage instantly.
posted by eritain at 2:44 PM on August 28, 2008

One morning I was standing at the corner of Peel and Dr. Penfield avenue, waiting for the light to change, on my way to the psych department at McGill. Someone in the big apartment building had just ruined their breakfast, because there was a whiff of burnt toast in the air.

I chuckled. The other pedestrians gave me weird looks.
posted by CKmtl at 2:48 PM on August 28, 2008 [1 favorite]

One morning at that corner I was almost crushed by a school bus, .
posted by Flashman at 3:07 PM on August 28, 2008

This is awesome, thanks!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:23 PM on August 28, 2008

The title of this post lit up my neuron dedicated to the Saturday Night Live skit "Fred Garvin: Male Prostitute."

I would like a research grant to investigate further. Specifically, I would like to know how to undo this association.
posted by zippy at 10:05 PM on August 28, 2008

Fred Penfield: Neural Prostitute.
posted by homunculus at 10:59 PM on August 28, 2008

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