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Because of Charlie's Report, we can infer that Nemur and Strauss were arguing over whether or not to go ahead with the operation. Strauss seems to wants to do the operation because it will make scientific history. He thinks Charlie is a perfect subject because he is so motivated to learn. Nemur, on the other hand, is more concerned about the affect the operation will have on Charlie himself. He points out that they have no idea whether the results of the operation will be permanent or even succeed at making Charlie one bit smarter. In fact, the operation could leave Charlie worse. Charlie, of course, is eager to have the operation because he wants to be "smart".
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