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A gimpse into my weird little brain

Son and I were talking about the new malaria vaccine. We were trying to decide if it really will be the most important medical change in the last 50 years? 100 years? Mosquitoes kill more than anything ever. A malaria vax, even if it is imperfect, is huge news.

And then we got taking about the Gates foundation, and money and wealth, and the legacy. From there we veered off onto a discussion of the robber barons. We studied the robber barons in  high school for nearly a whole year, along with the history of labor unions. Good to learn, important to know.

I could picture the guy, in my head. And the name escaped me.

"Scottish, " I said. "Scottish, name begins with C... nose disease. He had a skin disease on his nose.."

Andrew Carnegie.

That was how I had him stored. Not by his philanthropy, or by US Steel. I had him in a box with weird skin conditions.

***** Edit. It was JP Morgan who had the skin disease. I had them combined. I need to go back to school I think. AC was just sort of naturally lumpy looking.



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Jul. 27th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
Your brain works in the same way as mine!
Jul. 27th, 2015 06:00 pm (UTC)
Who can understand how their own brain functions??I forget why I went upstairs, but remember three verses of lyrics to a song I haven't heard in 30 yrs.
Jul. 27th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too. In some ways I feel smarter than I was at 30 or even 40. I think I can see connections that I did not get before. But I also have forgotten a lot.
Jul. 27th, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC)
Well how very educational! I had no idea that JP Morgan had a weird skin condition so I asked Wikipedia and it turns out it's the same weird skin condition I have! Though thankfully mine is not at all serious and more of a minor annoyance than anything :}
Jul. 27th, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
I think he had it quite unusually badly, and probably made it worse with 19th century patent meds and lye soap heavy on the lye.

(I cannot imagine he had a moisturizing routine going, more like a nice bottle of heroin and a good hard scrubbing before bed! And no sunscreen before a vigorous day crushing the unions...)

Living in NYC I have really mixed feelings about the robber-barons. We are still using the libraries and museums and schools that they began. In some ways they were very right about how the world was going to change, like the railroads. In other ways they were stuck in the past, and it led to them doing things that we now find rightly appalling. There is something so human about that.

Jul. 31st, 2015 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thank heavens once again for modern medicine - I have topical antibiotic rather than a nice bottle of heroin!

I know very little about the activities of the robber-barons in the US, though funnily enough one of the men who once owned the Isle of Lewis were I was born and brought up was an opium baron, James Matheson. He built Lews Castle in Stornoway which I've posted pictures of here in the past.

Jul. 28th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
wow, you have such deep conversations with your son!

And yes, each brain has their own system storing info :D It may not make any sense to anyone else, but hey, if it works...
And this brought to mind, every brain has their own "back up" system, storing info to different areas... so even if the brain gets a massive hit on the main area, resulting in the Oh-so-many-movies-love-this memory loss, the information might be triggered and accessible again. And sometimes that trigger seemingly makes no sense... but it did, to that brain storing the info under different categories.
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