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Old 04-10-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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In David Linden’s The Accidental Mind he writes:

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The brain is not elegantly designed by any means; it is a cobbled-together mess, which, amazingly, in spite of its shortcomings, manages to perform a number of very impressive functions. But while its overall function is impressive, its design is not.
It’s a great read and I listened to large portions of it on my iPod as well. He makes the case that the slow maturation of the brain in humans is a consequence of its evolutionary development; that since the neurons haven’t changed substantially in their design since the days of the prehistoric jellyfish they are slow, leaky and unreliable. There’s a bunch of other stuff wrong with the brain as well, but I’ll let you read the book.

The instincts we are born possessing and those we develop and express are also a consequence of this process. Simultaneously they save us while diminishing our capacity to express things and adapt in the fashion we might. In my opinion, this is because human culture has overwhelmed us.

This is nothing new, but unless we identify and acknowledge its influence on our understanding of painful problems these patients will forever remain a mystery. The general attitude is, “Let someone else solve it.”

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I love this. The nervous system not a noun, it's a journey. It's a verb, constantly talking to itself, trapped for life in a mountain of mesoderm, yearning to escape, having to haul the mesoderm around with it wherever it wants to go, having to figure out ways to move it, usually defaulting to the most cost-effective (thought-less) way to do so, and endlessly getting itself into trouble by doing so.
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I like it too.

I see that I wrote of the brain as a kluge (Linden spells it with a “d”) in ’09 here.

Linden’s book is referenced at the end of the thread.
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In ’08 I started a thread titled Therapy and the Discontinuous Mind. Today I would prefer …the Discontinuous Brain.

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The discontinuous mind represents a gap in our perception and therefore our reasoning. It leads to our presumption that things begin at a given time and in a measurable way. These things lead to the presence of other things that we may be able to sense with sufficient ease, measure again and alter predictably. In short, it encourages ignorance of the deep model of existence and functioning. The discontinuous mind finds it easy to dismiss evidence that does not conform to its current model and to only emphasize that which does. It is the antithesis of scientific thought.
Sound like anybody you know?
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Instinctive behavior can be learned, apparently. And what we learn that is useful, true (whatever that is) and defensible in its expression if it arises from something rational.

I think.

This reminds me of what Steven Johnson speaks of referenced in this thread.

Learned instinctive behavior should resemble the adjacent possible.
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Some devastating implications for those that think mind is nothing but brain and it's actions, and also believe that brains evolved by an unguided adaptive process that is geared towards the organisms way of life and chances of survival. This gives rise to Darwin's doubt since it produces a defeater that can't be defeated (i.e. a self-defeater).

What implications does this really have for understanding and treating pain if any?

What implications would other views have if any?
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