Scott Hardie | June 27, 2004
If you had to choose one, would you go blind for one day or deaf for one week?

Jackie Mason | June 27, 2004
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Steve West | June 27, 2004
Helen Keller said, "My vision loss isolates me from things. My hearing loss isolates me from people."

Steve Dunn | June 27, 2004
Blind for a day!

Lori Lancaster | June 28, 2004
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Denise Sawicki | June 28, 2004
Blind for a day. It's only a day! I could skip work and listen to music all day.

Anna Gregoline | June 28, 2004
Deaf for a week.

Erik Bates | June 29, 2004
I'm with Hellen Keller here. While not being able to see would be terrible, I would much rather be able to hear. I'm a 'people person' and I can't do that too well without being able to hear and speak.

Scott Hardie | June 29, 2004
I'm tempted to say "blind for a day" for the same reason as Denise, to get it over with quickly. But that's the thing: If I were blind for a day, I'd call in sick, lock myself in my apartment, and try to make it through the day without breaking something. That doesn't really teach me what it's like to be blind. However, if I were deaf for a week, I'd have to venture out into the world, and live as a deaf person for one week. That would be of greater benefit in the long run. Then again, it's impossible via this hypothetical scenario to get the experience of being deaf or blind for life, because that would mean never knowing what colors looked like or how voices sounded, that sort of thing. Anyway, I just thought I'd toss this one out there.

Erik Bates | June 29, 2004
Reminds me of that discussion we had a while back about how hard it would be to describe "blue" to a blind person who has no concept of color.

Steve West | June 29, 2004
An interesting question to me is this: Is it worse to be blind and to never have experienced "blue" or to go blind later in life and know that that you will never see blue again (outside of memory and mind's eye)?

Scott Hardie | June 29, 2004
'Tis better to have seen and lost.

Steve West | June 29, 2004
I'm not so sure. Igorance being bliss, you know.

Melissa Erin | June 30, 2004
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Steve Dunn | June 30, 2004
A person who lost his or her sight would have a sense of loss or limitation that you would not have if you were blind all your life. I don't think people born blind are ever inconvenienced by their blindness.

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