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Friday, January 30, 2004
 

A suitable late Christmas present for Lord Hutton


Idle mooching on our beloved net lit upon this serendipitous piece (PDF), from students at McMaster University; which led me to think that those who puzzle at Hutton's strange inability to discern the possibility of wrongdoing amongst the denizens of Number 10 Downing Street [1] might find enlightenment in Oliver Sacks' book The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.

The state is apparently called agnosia. The cause in Sacks' patient was a large brain tumour - I am not clear whether that is the only possible cause of the symptoms displayed.

I suspect that Hutton's very specialised agnosia may have other causes. We shall see over the next wee while how the newshounds fare in tracking them down.

  1. Compared with his eagle eye for error at the BBC.


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