Phineas Gage. For those who have heard the name, just the name is usually enough. I paid the very small north Vermont town of Cavendish a visit a number of years back. I specifically went to the large stone in a field with a mounted plaque upon it titled “The Gage Accident”. It was the middle of winter and a brutally frigid day. Clear with a stiff wind and temps of only zero degrees. That rock slab stuck up out of the snow as frozen in time as the name itself, and there upon it was the story of Phineas Gage.
His story has been famous since 1848 and written about all over the place, especially in the neurological field and Harvard. Therefore I will not reiterate the story here. Instead I will supply this link for you to visit and read for yourself.
I am posting this because I feel it goes along very well with my series of articles on human emotion, as well as my many articles on trauma and the human brain. In this physical form the idea of self is not more than chemical and electricity based. A change in either energy pathway can completely alter the idea of self by the individual as well as those who know the individual. The story of Gage I think clearly shows this.
Self, not what we see in the mirror but rather the energy stream of experiences.