Pain and human nature

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Chapter 10 endnote 26, from How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
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Chronic pain seems to be a tragic case of predicting poorly and receiving misleading data from your body. [...] Chronic pain spits in the face of the classical view of human nature.

The classical view of human nature assumes a firm boundary between the brain and the world. Who knew that the nature of pain could tell us something so fundamental about what it means to be a human being? For more insights on the links between pain and human nature, see a thought-provoking article by the neuroscientist Barb Finlay in the New Scientist.[1]

Notes on the Notes

  1. Finlay, Barbara. 2015. "It hurts to be human: Why pain is fundamentally different for us." New Scientist, May 5.