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Prosopagnosia and LamininPosted Sunday, July 19, 2009, at 2:21 PM
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The names are changed to protect the innocent...
The Smith brothers. These two guys have the same last name, a family resemblance, and I see them both just about every week. For whatever reason, I can't get their names straight in my head consistently. I know who is who, but I'd bet they think once in a while I don't have a clue.
Then there's the fellow with the name that is very similar to a good friend of ours that passed away a few years ago. For whatever reason, I say "hi" and even though I consciously think exactly how I'm going to say his name, out comes my departed friends name. Close... but no cigar... I can only hope he isn't offended over the long run.
OK, so I've been thinking about writing a blog to make a public apology to the folks that I don't get their names with their faces right, and some on a consistent basis. I'm am sorry, and I really don't know why I have trouble getting your name right, but I know who you are.
So today while researching a substance called Laminin, I came across an article about obscure medical conditions and Prosopagnosia was brought up. It was originally associated with a brain injury, later determined that over 2% of us have it some some degree, and you can read about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopagnos..., but the gist is some people have it and it is a described medical condition concerning face recognition. I probably don't have it, but it could make a good excuse for my feeble mind.
Oh yes about Laminin...
Google Laminin and what it is, and notice the shape of the molecule depicted.
Snopes.com's take on Laminim can be read here... http://www.snopes.com/glurge/laminin.asp
Snopes final comment is
"Perhaps most important, molecular diagrams like the one used here are generally intended to represent those structures in ways that make them easy for humans to conceptualize and work with, not to be exact reproductions of the molecules"
Well, based on that Snopes comment, I like to think God took that into consideration when building the stuff in the first place.
3 minutes into the video he gets into Laminin...
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