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“I wonder endlessly what sort of world my grandchildren will inherit”—Henry Marsh answers Prospect’s questions

In this month's brief encounter, the brain surgeon says we have to be optimistic about the future

By Prospect Team   May 2018

First news event you can recall?

I have never thought about this before. It is fascinating to realise how little awareness I had of the outside world when I was a child. Rather to my surprise I cannot consciously recall any news events before the age of 12. I think I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 but the memory is vague and there has been much research showing the fallibility of memory, and the ease with which we believe false memories. Kennedy’s death in 1963—the old cliché—I remember very…

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