Born Mary Morse Baker on a farm in Bow, New Hampshire, Eddy was the youngest of six children in a family of Protestant Congregationalists . Her father, Mark Baker, was a deeply religious man, although, according to one account, "Christianity to him was warfare against sin, not a religion of human brotherhood."  [n 13] In common with most women at the time Eddy was given little formal education, but said she had read widely at home. [n 14] From childhood she lived with protracted ill health, complaining of chronic indigestion and spinal inflammation, and according to biographers experiencing fainting spells.  [n 15] The literary critic Harold Bloom described her as "a kind of anthology of nineteenth-century nervous ailments." 
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As researchers looked deeper into sentience using modern brain scanners, they found a system so complex that it defied centralisation. E. O. Wilson summarizes brilliantly:
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This is not to say that you can't explore real issues in non-real SF and even fantasy. Or even real SF issues. Some great SF has done this entirely through allegory. Some SF is written not to be about the future at all, but the present, and simply uses an unrealistic future to tell a message about the present. That future need not be possible to deliver that message. But there is no denying that it helps.
Image: Photo of Tipi and American Indian Movement banner at Washington Monument taken by Warren K. Leffler in 1978. From the Library of Congress .