Made of Meat

Horizontal slice of MRI brain scan

Profile view of MRI brain scan

I had my brain scanned via MRI. It’s not a lot of fun, but it doesn’t hurt or anything. It’s definitely one of those situations where the moment they tell you to hold veewwy, veewwy still you immediately feel that you must twitch or you will die!!!!. I gather that for people with claustrophobia, the old-fangled MRIs are unpleasant, but it doesn’t bother me much.

What any medical imaging technology will do—if you let it—is remind you that you are made of meat. “Flesh and blood” is not just an idiom, it is a plain and accurate description of the fact of the matter. Knowing that I am well-and-truly carnal is one of the things which contributes to my vegetarian leaning. It was not so long ago that human beings were as much prey as predator; we are meatly creatures and no doubt good eaten’ for some. It is out of acknowledgement for that closeness of relation, our shared nature, that I refrain from munching on my fellow mammals (and birds too).

So, we are made of meat, but we are not mere meat. (Nor do I think other creatures are mere meat either, I hasten to add.) It is improbable and astonishing that the squishy grey stuff in these images, which looks like nothing so much as skull intestines, is capable of digesting sensory data and producing prose, knitting, textile design, bad puns, out of tune singing, and curiosity about the world—in addition to managing all its bodily concerns.

And yes: my nose is crooked.


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3 Responses to Made of Meat
  1. Crystal
    July 27, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    You look beeeyootifull, Darlink!

    And I, a claustrophobe, dodged the MRI once again! Doc says fuhgettaboutit.

    Hopefully by the time I need one they have something a little less coffin-like that takes an effective brain snap.

    *crossed fingers*

    In the meantime, I love seeing yet another side of you. Always a treat :)

  2. Abbie
    July 27, 2011 | 4:01 pm

    What a brain! We all know and appreciate the wonders of your squishy grey matter :)

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