Pain and human nature
Chapter 10 endnote 26, from Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context is:
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.
Notes on the Notes
- Finlay, Barbara. 2015. "It hurts to be human: Why pain is fundamentally different for us." New Scientist, May 5.