In this Ted Talk, a neurologist describes her experience when she found herself having a stroke. She knew exactly what was happening, was powerless to do anything about it, yet her academic side was fascinated by the opportunity to experience it.
Then I realized, “Oh my gosh! I’m having a stroke!” And the next thing my brain says to me is, Wow! This is so cool!
This is so cool! How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?”
Watching Trump, Hillary and Bernie produces a similar action. You know what is happening. You know the ultimate result is going to be something awful. But since there’s nothing you can do about it, you’re left with sitting back and studying the situation with a sort of detached yet fascinated horror.