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October 12, 2010


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Pain and suffering are phenomenologically distinct; it is possible to suffer without pain, and it is also possible, albeit perhaps less likely, to experience pain without suffering.

Hey, that sounds familiar. ;-)

I think it would definitely help if medicine stopped separating the brain out as something different or special, at least when it comes to function. When a tendon in my hand snaps, we go "ack, lack of expected function - bad! fix!" We should stop thinking of a misfiring brain as anything other than another example of lack of expected function, and work on fixing it.

Something going 'wrong' in the brain is just as physical as something going 'wrong' in my wrist - the difference is just the location, and shouldn't be viewed as any differently as any other location-specific injury or disruption on the body.

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