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<I believe that there is a lot of evidence to indicate that if
> portions of the brain are removed cognitive and emotional function are
> impaired. It is possible that 'anxiety' does not map to an exact region
> the brain, much in the same way that a program can be located in different
> regions of computer's memory, but it is in the brain.>
This is absolutely right.
If you could remove the amigdala (spelling? I can never remember...)
without damaging the rest of the brain, you'd have trouble experiencing
emotions. Indeed, psychopaths show reduced activity in the amigdala
offering a biological basis for their capacity to commit acts of cruelty and
violence withour regret/remorse etc.
Anxiety relates to levels of MAO in the brain- there's been work done on
those who suffer from extremes with regard to anxiety- from those who are
agoraphobic, to those who do extreme sports- levels of MAO are very
different in such individuals.
We've touched on these before on the list.
I see that someone has recetnly argued that Ezekiel suffered from temporal
lobe epilepsy hence all the weird visions and so on.
I see little to suggest that we are hitting a brick wall in our growing
understanding of the relationship between brain and mind. I certainly see
little value in the no-mind or all-mind ideas that have been presented by
some on the list.
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