Phineas Gage and the Brain as Collection of Functions Paradigm

While talking with my students today on the eve of their chapter presentations from Oliver Sacks’ An Anthropologist on Mars, I briefly discussed the fascinating case of Phineas P. Gage, who survived a terrible brain trauma in the 19th century. His unfortunate accident and case history following the event when an explosive tamping iron burst through his skull and severely damaged the frontal lobes of his brain provided the proof for a new paradigm in neurological investigation. There are many websites with information about Gage, but the Wikipedia page devoted to him is a good starting point: Phineas Gage – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.


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