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"I resent Nemur's constant references to me as a laboratory specimen" (Keyes, 1959, pg. 36)
The scientists treat Charlie as below human, they degrade him, and he becomes the equivalent of Algernon, the mouse from the experiments. They manipulate Charlie, using him and his brain for their scientific research, and own benefit with little concern to Charlie's well being. Charlie goes through an internal struggle because of the degradation based off of his low intelligence.
"Critical questions concern issues, such as
prediction of disease, psychopharmacological
enhancement of attention, memory or mood, and
technologies such as psychosurgery, deep-brain
stimulation or brain implants... are capable of affecting the individual's sense of privacy, autonomy and identity" (Cohen, n.d)
Analysis: There is a certain ethical quota that scientists must follow when dealing with neuroscience. They must be careful as to not tamper with an individuals sense of self. This type of medical advancement can cause identity problems.
Relation: The scientists psychologically manipulate Gordon when they tamper with his brain, he begins to lose his identity and feels like a 'lab rat'.
"These results show that a small proportion of patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state have brain activation reflecting some awareness and cognition" (Monti, M. M., Vanhaudenhuyse, A., Coleman, M. R., Boly, M., Pickard, J. D., & Tshibanda, L. et al, 2010)
Analysis: In this research, scientists attempt to achieve a response in agreement to testing, or medical care to their condition. Ethically, any treatment to the brain, if not severe, must be first agreed with the patient. There must a valid response, even in vegetative patients for any research to be conducted on them.
Relation: The scientists are weary in the beginning of their experiment because they are not aware of the outcomes. However, they warn Charlie, but as Charlie is mentally incapable his response may not be completely valid. Charlie does not fully understand what he is undergoing when he agrees to the experiment.
"Where will we find another retarted adult with this tremendus motivation to kern" (Keyes, 1959, pg. 4)
Once again, Charlie is shown as a project of the scientists. Charlie's own character and personality is diminished in the light of the experiment, and he becomes a chess piece for Nemur and Strauss. Charlie feels manipulated, and used.