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Persistent Vegetative States and the Problem with Facilitated Communication

Darcy Cowan Nov 25, 2009

If you read the print version of the NZ Herald today you would have seen featured on the front page a miraculous case of a man [Rom Houben] recovering from a persistent vegetative state and communicating with the world through a touch screen with the help of a carer. The topic of persistent vegetative state [...] … Read More

Rats, Bad Decisions and Jelloshots

Darcy Cowan Nov 13, 2009

It is an accepted fact of life that alcohol and good decision making have only loose a acquaintance  with one another. Like ships passing in the night, they may meet or they may not. This is true for the momentarily intoxicated but does that propensity for poor choices follow us even after the libations cease? [...] … Read More

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Natural Health Expo(sed)?

Darcy Cowan Oct 15, 2009

Driving around Hamilton the past few weeks I couldn’t help but notice the signs sprinkled around the city for the “Natural Health Expo” which is to take place here this week end. As I perused the website for this event yesterday I was disturbed by the large number of anti-scientific “treatments” that will be showcased. [...] … Read More

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