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Greg and Dr. Bennett

This greatly complicated my comprehension of tacit understanding!!! In "The Last Hippie," Greg loses most of his memory apart from short term memory and memories prior to 1969 and yet still has a strong connection to music, especially the Grateful Dead. In "A Surgeon's Life" I believe that the Dr. Bennett's tacit understanding that wasn't controlled by the "it" of Tourette's syndrome defined who he was as a person and made it possible for him to function in his marriage, as a parent and as a surgeon. The brain is such a complex system that can never really be understood, however with tacit understanding I cannot see how it is possible for it to be communicated and shared if memory and recognition of self (in Greg's case) isn't there. These were two amazing stories and I greatly enjoyed reading them. 

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