Fred is a biochemist at Cambridge University. He is the research
Mother Courage. She’s not the end of the experiment. Just the start of a new one. While you were gone, I’ve been watching her. When she goes to feed her babies, there’s a moment…you can see it on the video. A hesitation. The control group, they don’t have it. She’s getting the message loud and clear, the message we gave her, that she shouldn’t…so she stops. But then, there’s another moment, and you can see it. Intention. In a brain that small. In an animal we were all sure was controlled only by instinct.
So tomorrow, when we dissect her, we’re going to see what she’s been doing to her own brain chemistry. Doing by sheer force of will. She’s changing her brain. The way we change ours. We change ours all the time. You know that.
We can make our brains do almost anything. We can make love to one woman, and in our minds, it’s someone else entirely. We can make families anyway we can. With whatever material we’ve got.
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