So, for a record of my weekend, you could probably just go to Hannah's recent journal about Inception yesterday. That, and having a soccer game and a big cheap horror film marathon today were all that happened.
Oh, and I feel so old now, because at soccer practice I slammed my hip into a hot boy (Accidentally, of course) and it hurt for a while pretty bad, but got better. Then, at the game, the damp weather and running made it start hurting again, so now I have a bad hip. I feel so old.
So, I had a very interesting conversation with a coach on Friday. He was talking about this one guy, I forget who, who was really smart but ruthless, who believed in electroshock therapy.
I once read a good book about this, the Terminal Man, by Michael Chrichton. The theory is, say you have a fat man in a room with a blood pressure cuff and a bell. You tell the fat guy that if he can lower his blood pressure the bell will ring. And he'll get ice cream, or a blowjob, or something else he wants, I dunno.
But anyway, even though he will think it impossible at first, eventually his brain will get him to lower his blood pressure. Then the bell rings, and he gets his reward.
Then his brain will do it again, but faster this time.
And again, and again, and again, but faster and faster every time.
Because his brain, and him, are learning that doing this brings pleasure, so it'll learn how to do it, and it will get better at it over time.
So the same theory applies. If you have a smoker, and you put electrodes in his brain for pain and pleasure, and every time he puts a cigarette to his mouth you zap the pain electrode, he'll put the cigarette down. Then you zap the pleasure electrode.
Eventually, after getting zapped enough times, the smoker and his brain will learn that not smoking brings pleasure, and he won't want a cigarette again.
So, if you took a gay guy, and put electrodes in his brain, could you not achieve the same result, by zapping him every time he does a gay thing, and giving him pleasure when he does a straight thing?
Or, you could simply put him on an island of all females, and people are always attracted to available partners, given no other choice, so wouldn't that change his sexuality?
Now, nobody bust a gut about this, I'm not advocating electroshock therapy or anything like that. I just mean, I believe it would be possible, if you could do it in the right way, just from the brain learning to go towards the pleasure and away from the pain. It is the simplest animalistic concept of our beings.
And, here's another question, if you're a doctor, and someone comes into your office and says I'm gay, I don't want to be, make me better, would you be obligated to try to change his sexuality?