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What is 'The Algernon-Gordon Effect'? Colud you explain the technique which is used to...

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skandal | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 11, 2010 at 10:37 PM via web

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What is 'The Algernon-Gordon Effect'? Colud you explain the technique which is used to increase IQ in Flowers for Algernon?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 12, 2010 at 4:55 AM (Answer #1)

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The Algernon-Gordon Affect was a research paper that Charlie wrote based on the research he had performed while in his highly intelligent state. Artificially-induced intelligence deteriorates at a rate of time directly proportional to the quantity of the increase.'

He realizes that he had learned things very fast because of the experiment but he is also going to lose what he had learned rapidly.  He tries to explain this to the doctor's but they are more concerned that they have success and do not understand his report.  Later, after his IQ decreases again, he can not read or recognize the words in his report.

I could not locate any exact information on the operation but they are using some transference of brain cells from the mouse Algernon and placing them into Charlie's brain.  It is the doctor's intent that Charlie will become smarter as the condition of his brain improves.  However, the operation is with risks.

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