There’s always one harasser in the crowd. We bloggers are used to it. You know, like the guy in college who used to interrupt the professor just to hear the sound of his own voice, but he wasn’t really saying anything? Yeah, that guy. He shows up on my blog to shamelessly plug his electronic recording company. What-ever.
To him, I say that a neuropsychologist trumps a boy sitting in his basement wishing on QWERTY keyboards to take over the verbatim court reporting world so that he can profit.
Here is an excerpt from a neuropsychologist’s deposition in which he describes the intricacies of the human (court reporter) brain, supporting the notion that court reporters cannot be replaced:
Neuropsychologist: May I give an example of this?
Neuropsychologist: Okay. If you look — and the example is this: Our brains are a miracle. Okay. They’re a miracle that needs to be protected. And if you look at the court reporter right now, as an example, okay, this is a miracle in progress happening right before your eyes.
Let me just explain what she needs to do. I am speaking, so the information has to come in through her ear into her temporal lobe, and it has to go log itself into the language center. She has to be able to comprehend what I’m saying.
Then it has to get rerouted to the prefrontal cortex where it has to hold — she has to be able to hold the information, because, you know, I continuously talk so she has to hold it. Right? Then she has to analyze it, integrate it and synthesize it. Then it has to go back to the cerebellum and she has to be able to execute this, and she has to be able to then convert my words into those little squiggly marks. Have you ever seen court reporters have little squiggly language things?
So she has to convert it into a different language, and the white matter tracks allows her to reroute all of this information simultaneously without effort. Okay.
We take our brains for granted. She’s sitting here. I’m probably talking too fast for her, but she’s able to do this simultaneously. Seamlessly. Okay.
No animal on the planet can do this. All right. That’s why I believe court reporters will never be replaced. Because no technical — no technology could replace the beauty of that brain and the miracle of that brain. And that’s why your brain should always be protected and you should take care of it.
In plain English: You need us here. You want us here. Because you want a verbatim record you can use to cite in your briefs, to impeach a witness on the stand. We interject our human discernment on spelling, punctuation and the art form that is making the verbatim record. And we can do that faster and more efficient than any “typist” or tape-recorder.