Comic 804 - Ask Dr. Finch about your brain

Posted on 15th Mar 2018, 4:41 PM in No Easy Way Out
Ask Dr. Finch about your brain

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Morgenstern 15th Mar 2018, 4:41 PM edit delete
You ask Pierce if he needs medical attention.

"I don't think it is necessary," he replies. "You removed the bullet. I just need to rest."

You inform everyone about the barracks area, and that the bathroom should have running water. There's not much room left at your main headquarters, so the guests will be staying in this bunker for the night.

"C'mon, I'll show you," Fuse says, before leading Crease, Zene, Mav, and Pierce across the bunker.

You enter the infirmary, and ask Dr. Finch about taking a look at your brain. You fixed it up enough to function, but you were in a bit of a hurry at the time.

Dr. Finch breathes in deep... and then breathes out slowly. "I... do not know how to say this so I'm just going to say it. I do not want to look at your brain."

He pauses, then winces, then blurts out. "Alright, yes, that's disingenuous--I am immensely curious but I have reason to believe that I should not take a look at it, and I recommend that you refrain from doing so as well."

You don't say anything, but your confused expression is clearly torturing him. Dr. Finch sighs, rubbing at his temples.

"Okay. Okay okay okay, how do I explain this? Are... are you familiar with quantum physics? The observer effect? I'm over-complicating this. Hm. Hmmmm. Old cartoons! You watched cartoons as a child, yes? Yes. There's often a humorous bit involving predator and prey, where the prey consistently eludes said predator in increasingly ridiculous ways. Well, there's always a sequence therein where the predator character will fail to notice where they're headed, and wander past the edge of a cliff. The character won't fall off of that cliff until they realize there's no ground beneath them, however. They'll glance downward, the discovery will slowly dawn on them... and then they will plummet, despite having stood over an empty chasm for seconds prior."

Dr. Finch nervously adjusts his glasses. "There are a number of your more unique elements that, from what I've gathered, hinge on observation, perception, and understanding. I... have a theory, based on the accounts of today's events I received from you and Michelle. If this theory is tested and confirmed, I fear disaster. If this theory goes entirely untested, I believe things will work out fine. If my theory is tested and proven wrong, things would also be fine, but I doubt that outcome because I'm a genius."

He takes a deep breath. He looks at the ceiling for a second, slowly letting his gaze drop back to you. "If... if if if you feel discomfort, if you are experiencing pain, if you begin to notice something amiss in your thoughts or behavior I will absolutely do what I can to help you but if you believe everything is in working order at this moment, I am of the opinion that we should not risk that. We can work on replacing your eye, but I... personally believe that neither of us should think about your brain unless absolutely necessary. I hope you understand that I can't explain this any more thoroughly without defeating the purpose of asking you not to think about it."


Leafia_Barrett 15th Mar 2018, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
Well... okay then. We'll take your word for it. Fixing our eye needs to happen though, so let's do that.
Swagner 15th Mar 2018, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Ah. Wile E. Coyote physics is letting our brain function. I actually had a dream like that the other night.

In that case, let's just fix the eye.

After that, we ought to lean on Mac & Gesenai on getting our 4 most recent visitors out of town.
Nayru9572 15th Mar 2018, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
They've already told us that we won't be able to smuggle folks out the way they did.
Mochi 15th Mar 2018, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
aw, finch… fair enough. there are so many other things on our plate that it should be pretty easy to not think about it. just accept that it works because it works.

i bet we probably scared him pretty bad if he was aware of what information we were pulling from him. um… probably would be good to replace the eye again. the same eye. twice. oh and, don’t forget to tell him that willard is fine, if he doesn’t already know.
Leafia_Barrett 15th Mar 2018, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
I hadn't even thought about that. Did he know when everything went fuzzy that something was wrong with Jane? If anyone was going to figure it out it would be him.

Also yes, Willard is fine.
skybirds15 15th Mar 2018, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
I... see.

To bring it down from roadrunner physics, I think he thinks that since our blood is a brain/neurological system, that our human brain is not really doing much, or is instead a pile of blood, or something, and us becoming aware of that is like us suddenly having to manually think about our heart beating, as in, disastrous.
Swagner 15th Mar 2018, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Something just hit me: we may want to learn more about the "tradesmen" that pierce mentioned before. Whether they're potential allies or threats, more knowledge can't hurt.
Twyll 15th Mar 2018, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, we definitely need to be looking into that. We can add it to the list of "occult stuff we definitely need to know more about" along with Geoangular Control and the concept of the First Womb (I'm interested to know how many other people have a similar concept, and might also be interacting with the red in interesting ways).
crawlers 15th Mar 2018, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
This is not at all how observation works in quantum physics! Atoms, bits of floating radiation, and other non-sapient entities are totally capable and at this very moment observing almost everything to a level that instruments could not. There is nothing special about the sapient observer as far as physics goes.

Nonetheless, this might not be the case for the magic we used. Lets test how much the powers are based on perception and belief on something expendable before doing so on such a risky thing as a brain. Then we can determine if "roadrunner physics" apply at all to magic, and if yes or no, (or conditionally), this information can be used to our benefit.
lil Joshu 15th Mar 2018, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Agreed, quantum physics is "observed" by way more than just sapients... but a lot of mental effects are actually affected by placebo (thinking something other than reality helps things work better). In fact, historically, many "amazing cures" have actually been an application of the Placebo effect.

It works because when the body 'thinks' everything's going to be okay, it starts 'acting' like everything is okay, and the rest of the pieces basically reform around what the body's trying to do, and things -become- okay as a result of the body.

Similarly, we might not want to worry about our brain until we're 'fully' healed. At present, our body working on the assumption we fixed our brain, which is probably helping repair neural links as the brain actually responds and re-learns from those incoming signals. Getting worried about it would cause our body to act differently and thus hurt the healing process.

So, don't worry, be happy, let the body and mind do their things.
Blue_Elite 15th Mar 2018, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
Whelp, then let's move on to stop being a cyclops.
Crestlinger 15th Mar 2018, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
Literal, enforced, hakuna matata.