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    In which I discuss the wonders of modern cannibalism.



    In medieval times, it was believed that memories were stored in the cerebrospinal fluid. Sadly, it seems that memory cannot be transferred biochemically -- which is just as well, otherwise Stephen Hawking would have to get his wheelchair equipped with Ben-Hur-style spikes and a turbo option...

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    Long pig is fine with me. Bring on the subtle flavours of different ethnicities!

    Maybe it will turn us into flesh-obsessed human meat addicts. That wouldn't surprise me at all. It would solve the Population Problem at least.

    Edited to add:
    Brilliant column as usual, by the by.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2010
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    Meat is murder and murder tastes pretty good. And I imagine Nigella Lawson tastes pretty good, too.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2010
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    When I was in college, some friends of mine and I had plans to form the 'Campus Anthropophagia Interest Group' with a very sober poster pitching it as a sustainable, ethical alternative to veganism.

    Sadly, it never came to be.
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    In medieval times, it was believed that memories were stored in the cerebrospinal fluid.


    As it happens, our medieval predecessors were right about this...provided we are talking about memories of a horrible death from kuru.
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    Kuru, CJD, and Mad Cow disease are transmitted primarily through the eating of infected biological material; meat, and whatnot, which after a long incubation period causes the brain to look like swiss cheese, and a rather nasty death. (There's a whole family of the nasty diseases!)
    Cannibalism doesn't mean you'll necessarily get it, but it increases your odds.

    Apparently in the US cannibalism is not illegal but desecration of a corpse IS, as is murder...
    ... and I don't know what'd happen if you ate someone's flesh without killing them...
    ...law is strange, and humans are stranger than the laws they make.