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David Biro on Pain | FiveBooks
Dr David Biro explains that pain is not merely indescribable, it actively destroys language, reducing the sufferer to a state before language, to primal screams. There is, he says, a far bigger overlap between physical and psychological pain than most people in the medical community recognise.
philosophy  pain  perception  psychology  medicine  book  recommendations 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Love takes up where pain leaves off, brain study shows
"When people are in this passionate, all-consuming phase of love, there are significant alterations in their mood that are impacting their experience of pain," said Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Pain Management, associate professor of anesthesia and senior author of the study, which will be published online Oct. 13 in PLoS ONE. "We're beginning to tease apart some of these reward systems in the brain and how they influence pain. These are very deep, old systems in our brain that involve dopamine — a primary neurotransmitter that influences mood, reward and motivation."
emotion  psychology  neurology  neuroimaging  fmri  love  pain 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Notes From The Geek Show: Bukiet on Brooklyn Books
Hal Duncan discusses a review by Melvin Bukiet of the Brooklyn Books of Wonder - the current literary trend to use elements of the fantastic to avoid acknowledging suffering - and concludes that it's a silly objection.
literature  genre  criticism  wonder  suffering  pain  truth  fiction  experience  morality 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Ming the Mechanic: Megadukkhas - quantifying suffering
They developed the concept of the "dukkha" as a measure of suffering. For the panetics community, the dukkha is a measure of the intensity and duration of pain and anguish adapted from the 9-point hedonic scale used to provide subjective judgements in mar
philosophy  ethics  pain 
december 2007 by tsuomela

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