Adventures in Ethics and Science

Ewan made a generous donation to one of the projects in my challenge and wrote me the following:

The concept of a sprog-illustrated nerdy poem was especially appealing… Could I please request a topic of ‘brain’ (ideally,
hippocampus, but that seemed a little potentially overdemanding)?

The sprogs and I are delighted to oblige. They have drawn some brains, while I offer a villanelle about the hippocampus — along with our thanks to Ewan for his generous donation!

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Who I am is most of what I know.
Limbic seahorse, pray scorn not my plea:
Hippocampus, tell me where to go!

Alas! Disrupted by a cruel blow:
My own episodic memory.
Who I am is most of what I know.

Amnesiac I wander to and fro.
Sense of place and home abandons me.
Hippocampus, tell me where to go!

Calling up events from years ago
Labor swift for you, I took as free.
Who I am is most of what I know.

Lost despite the stars and moonlit glow,
Yet this panic from by brain will flee.
Hippocampus, tell me where to go!

No delight, nor horror, can I stow
But for your role in my memory.
Who I am is most of what I know.
Hippocampus, tell me where to go!

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Comments

  1. #1 Ewan
    October 26, 2007

    This is *great*! Will you send me the graphic files?

    Thanks, and felicitations to the sprogs. I plan to use this on the poster I’m in the midst of making for the Neuroscience meeting :); if they want actual credits, let me know by email..

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