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February 25, 2007

On Being an Unperson

Three very fascinating YouTube videos about the dehumanization of people with developmental disabilities. As silentmiaow, the creator of the videos, points out, our ability to see certain people as non-persons (or unpersons) enables all forms of human right abuses. The videos prove to be a profound meditation on definitions of communication, thought, intelligence, and even personhood:

While all three videos offer compelling meditations on a number of philosophical questions, I was especially taken by the videomaker's deconstruction of the idea of "normal" human thought. This is really fascinating stuff that I'll be thinking about for some time (thanks to Anne for the pointer).

Posted by chuck at February 25, 2007 2:50 PM

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there's plenty to think about on amanda's blog as well.

Posted by: anne at February 26, 2007 8:39 PM

Thanks for the pointer. Amanda's blog looks like an interesting read and certainly offers a lot to think about.

Posted by: Chuck at February 27, 2007 12:16 AM

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