Algernon Debate: Pro or Con?
By: Madison Fritz & Kaitlin DeShon
Why should we be able to do these kinds of tests like in the story. "Flowers for Algernon"?
We think they SHOULD allow these tests because...
Changing the brain function can not only improve your intelligence but it can help someone paralyzed be able to move again.Ian Burkhart is a college student at the University of North Carolina who was injured by a sandbar while running into the ocean. It resulted in him breaking his neck and paralyzing his arm and legs. Burkhart underwent a surgery that puts a metal piece in his brain on the part that controls his thoughts. When he focused enough on his hands, his brain would send a thought past his broken neck and to his hand, which made it move. In the article Burkhart wrote, ““You really have to zone everything else out,” he would say later, “and focus on that movement.”At 2:58 p.m., his fingers quivered. His hand opened. Not all the way, but it opened.A moment later, he balled his hand into a fist, and he curled the fist toward himself, like a weightlifter doing curls.Again and again, he balled his hand and curled his fist.” This shows that using science to change your brain function could make someone who is paralyzed be able to move again.
Using science to change the brain function can help with many things, not just being able to move paralyzed parts or changing your IQ, it can also give deaf people hearing.Cochlear implants are a surgically implanted electronic device that replaces the damage of the inner ear. Most people with cochlear implants are able to understand spoken words. Although the cochlear implant does not restore the ear to normal hearing, the brain will start to adapt to the new sounds and eventually the sound will become more normal.
In an article it says, “The ideal candidates for cochlear implantation are adults or children with recent hearing loss and young children whose hearing loss is identified very early. People with prior hearing experience adjust very well and often very quickly to hearing with a cochlear implant. They report significant satisfaction and improved quality of life.” This is a prime example that using science to alter brain function is a great thing to do.