Archives for the ‘God’ Category

Matter

Descartes Diagram / Wellcome Images

Descartes Diagram / Wellcome Images

A stroke victim I know is very religious. She has problems speaking and using her hand. But she says her stroke doesn’t matter. What matters is her relationship with God.

I can’t say my stroke doesn’t matter.

Can you?

Soul

Broca Memoirs 1877 / Wellcome Images

Broca Memoirs 1877 / Wellcome Images

Up until the 19th century, Western theologians thought the brain was where the Christian soul was. The brain was not divisible with separate areas for language or motor skills. It was symmetrical, a godly orb.

But by the 1860s science demonstrated localization — different brain areas for different functions. The brain was not a symmetrical orb at all.

Where is the soul?

God Lady

Apocalypse / Wellcome Images

Apocalypse / Wellcome Images

Right after my stroke, I had a fill-in speech therapist who said to me, “This is God’s plan.” Separately, she went up to my mother and said the same thing: “This is God’s plan.”

My mother said later that she liked all of the hospital staff except for the God Lady.