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  •  If you want to see what it would be like (4+ / 0-)
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    barbwires, BusyinCA, ebohlman, Just Bob

    living (well, for a short time) with severe aphasia and have Netflix then check out the Star Trek DS9 episode called Babel from the 1st season.  Note that it involves a very nasty form of aphasia that affects just about any kind of language processing to the point that you can't even be sure of turning on the light in your bathroom the first time because "top switch = light, bottom switch = fan" is a form of language.  In other words, no using a picture board, no operating a computer even if you have memorized the placement of the icons (i.e. 3rd from the top, 2nd from the left).  Even a direct telepathic mind link (i.e. mind meld) is useless.  Oh, and it kills within a day or two of showing symptoms and easily mutates to become airborne.

    There is no saving throw against stupid.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 04:49:19 PM PST

    •  The first episode of the 80s remake of (1+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob

      Twilight Zone involved a character who found that everybody else's use of language was drastically changing over time, but he was stuck with the old meanings (it started when people in his office started saying "dinosaur" instead of "lunch"; he thought it was some prank or fad, but then he got a call from his wife saying that their daughter appeared to be sick and didn't eat her dinosaur). Some people have commented that that's exactly what some forms of receptive aphasia seem like.

      Banksters are harmful for the same reason neutrinos are harmless: neither are inclined to share what they've got (wealth and energy, respectively)

      by ebohlman on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 08:56:31 PM PST

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    •  One missing ingredient from the analogy (0+ / 0-)

      The characters could understand the language in their own thoughts. They still had the use of words inside of their own heads. That's often not the case with aphasia, depending on the cause.

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