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Parker Lifer
Neuroscientist living with PD
Neuroscientist living with PD

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Fix My Brain
Red wire: Right temple Black wire: Left temple As I think any lay audience is aware, we conventionally take in all our information about the world through our five senses. External receptors that sense light, touch, sound, taste and smell send messages abou...

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The War
Richard and Linda Thompson's classic album "Shoot Out the Lights" is an extended metaphor for the concurrent dissolution of their marriage. The whole album bristles with the tension and heartbreak of fighting for something they both value as they feel it in...

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The Needle and the Damage Done
I got a sickness Sweet as a love note I got a headache Like a pillow Much of 20th century experimental psychology was dominated by the behaviorist school of B.F. Skinner. They saw essentially all behavior as a product of a life history of rewarded and punis...

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When I Win the Lottery
In a fast German car I'm amazed that I survived An airbag saved my life Time and again on my blog I've embarrassed myself by copping to being deeply moved by maudlin and sentimental art, so why stop now? In the final scene of Saving Private Ryan, Matt Damon...

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Nautical Disaster
I had this dream where I relished the fray And the screaming filled my head all day It was as though I'd been spit here Settled in, into the pocket Of a lighthouse on some rocky socket Off the coast of France, dear One afternoon four thousand men died in th...

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Art Class
This is a post I have long wanted to write, but I wasn't ready to give up the kind of personal details that lie herein. Over time, I've gotten much looser with such details, but this one is going to give a lot of people some super huge clues. Now let's see ...

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All My Friends
The ones who love us best Are the ones we'll lay to rest Visit their graves on holidays at best The ones who love us least Are the ones we'll die to please If it's any consolation I don't pretend to understand Once again, I go back to the lyrical well of Pa...

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Shake it Out
To anyone who thinks I am being cute with the title of this post, I'm not. Yes I have P, I get it. This is as serious as a heart attack. Regrets collect like old friends Here to relive your darkest moments "I can't really overstate what a huge step it is fo...

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Parklife Blog Tunes

A Spotify playlist of every song referenced on my blog, with the exceptions of Superchunk's "Cadmium" and tragically Big Black's "L-DOPA" (IKR!) 

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Wolf Like Me
Hey hey my playmate Won't you lay hands on me Mirror my malady Transfer my tragedy I was talking the other night with a friend who didn't know that I have P. After chatting a while, I disclosed this to zir and mentioned that I blog here. Ze responded, and I...
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