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  •  I think he does mean our psyche, yes (1+ / 0-)
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    The two are not necessarily distinct. There was the famous case of a railroad worker in Massachusetts who received a spike through his skull, and survived it. His brain was so badly damaged, however, that what had previously been a quiet, kind, soft-spoken, and Godly man became a raging, violent, foul-mouthed brute.

    •  While one's psyche (0+ / 0-)

      may be changed by brain trauma, it is not necessarily so in all instances. I was in third grade when JFK was assassinated.

      I noted, as I grew older, that there was a distinct change in how we all looked at the future of the nation. It became more dystopian than utopian. That is the National Psyche. but the "National Brain"?

      and here we are, today.

      "My case is alter'd, I must work for my living." Moll Cut-Purse, The Roaring Girl - 1612, England's First Actress

      by theRoaringGirl on Thu Nov 24, 2011 at 08:05:12 AM PST

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      •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

        All things considered, the brain part probably wasn't the best analogy to use. The national psyche or national soul is better, and you could easily say that either one was damaged badly at that time.  I'll have my work cut out for me swimming against that tide, but it's worth doing.

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