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Phineas Gage is a staple example in debates about philosophy of personal identity and philosophy of mind. In 1848, Gage survived an explosion that drove a 13-pound iron rod through his skull. After months of convalescence, he was able to work again, though his personality was so sharply changed his former employer refused to re-hire him. He died in 1860.
Through a series of coincidences on Flickr, the first-known photograph of Gage (posing with his tamping iron!) came to light last year. This led to the revelation of a second photo a few weeks ago. Enjoy!
By Alyssa Ney, University of Rochester (July 2008)