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  •  Thank you for the link, hannah. (2+ / 0-)
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    I wonder how many of those politicians fighting Obamacare will later claim the were for it all along.

    •  I'd like to think that some of them are just (4+ / 0-)

      ignorant of how money works and can't resist trying to use it to exert power that they're not even entitled to. Money is a tool, a social utility, but, like any other tool (even a hammer), it can be used to injure/destroy, as well as to create.
      Sometimes I think it's largely of people exerting the power they have uncontrollably -- like a kid whacking the heads off flowers with a stick because he doesn't know how to nurture and make them grow.
      "We always hurt the one we love," may well express the frustration of not knowing how to express caring. Think of a person with "butter fingers" who manages to break everything he touches. There's obviously some sort of disconnect between the nerve endings in the fingers and the brain. We say, "Look what you're doing," but looking may not be the sollution. Indeed, when people are driving a car, if they look at the tree beside the road, instead of avoiding it, they're likely to run into it. We go where we look and so does the car. In the long run, looking away may be safer.

      •  Interesting... (3+ / 0-)

        I don't have as much faith in the whackjob republicans 'good intentions,' but your analogy to the nervous system is interesting. There is, in physiological fact, a disconnect between the peripheral nerve endings and the brain. More than one, actually. Its a bit of a misnomer to call it a disconnect, as the connection is there, but in between is a series of loops. What we call reflexes are in fact due to those loops where sensory signals loop back to muscle control so that, for example, we'll stop touching something that's hot before it burns us.

        In order to overcome the reflexive feedback loops of our nervous system, we train. By repeating an action against our nature over and over, our nervous system is able to overcome biological imperatives. We tend to call this "muscle memory."

        How much of the physiological brain is just more of the same, sensory input looping back into automatic reactions, completely bypassing conscious decision making processes of the frontal cortex? Neurologists would say, "Pretty much all of it."

        Humanists would say, "Maybe that is so, but we can train our autonomic nervous system to endure pain despite the physiological barriers. The brain is even more malleable."

        I like the Humanist approach. We can train the brain even easier than the peripheral nervous system. Our biological and physiological nature is not imperative, but mutable.

        To tweet or not to tweet. I tweet therefore I am.

        by RadicalParrot on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 04:46:06 AM PDT

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