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Monday, September 29
People in comas may have normal brain functioning

His brain doesn't seem to have the strength, as it were, to reflect continually on itself and its surroundings the way a healthy brain does, ready to engage the world in an instant. An ambiguous signal isn't enough to provoke him.

I just want it stated here for the record: If I go into a vegetative state, for chrissake leave me alone. Vegetative states are just different, there's no reason to kill me/have me killed. Maybe I'm just tired and want to chill out under the surface for a while. If doctors tell you I'm in pain, that's fine - pain is the body's way of learning, the body's preparation for the long term. Don't deprive me of the long term.