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Actually, I got multiple signed copies for my family for Christmas. ;-)

I'm totally jealous! Actually, after making that post, I remembered that I loaned my copy of the book out to one of the guys on my ship and the b@stard never returned it! GRrr. That book, aside from the personal growth filler, was much better at detailing the science than the next two, which were much more sensational, imho, and not worth the read.

Humans can become accustomed to anything given enough time and exposure. As you intimated however, it affects your dealings with others in that anything less than total catastrophe seems inconsequential. My family has often commented on my "lack of feeling" when confronted with some emotional event. Thankfully my wife experienced much of what I've been exposed to with me so she has the same attitude.

Completely not of the same scale, but I've heard this from many walks of life. An old coworker of mine was also a cop in a major city in VA, and he said after seeing so many traffic accidents, during a later one, the head of the victim went flying out of the car. For some strange reason, they found it kind of funny and took pictures with the head. They were over/desensitized to the "some human just died" part and were only focusing on the details of how it came about (which I don't recall so I didn't provide here, but which I could understand since it was quite rube goldberg in nature).

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