Another article of interest

Before I write something more in depth, I thought I’d reference an article from yesterday’s Sunday Review in the NYTimes. We have all seen how Martin Ellingham’s position in Portwenn (and even in London) gives him a lot of power. All docs at some point deal with life and death issues, and we certainly see ME saving the lives of several villagers, including Louisa. His decision to become a vascular surgeon has also been a choice that includes a large degree of power over others: his patients, the nurses, even other doctors who rely on him. Basically, he likes being in control and he sustains his position of power whether he’s operating in London or the only physician in Portwenn. When I read this article, I thought it was relevant to our discussions of how ME relates to the world, and even whether he can change. See what you think…

Originally posted 2014-07-28 13:18:18.

3 thoughts on “Another article of interest

  1. Santa Traugott

    I also made this connection when I read the article. And there’s another relevant article in the same section, headlined “No Time to Think” by Kate Murphy. The sentence that most reminded me of DM is” The constant cognitive strain of evading emotions underlies a range of psychological troubles such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression and panic attack, not to manage a range of addictions. ” Also, ” Feeling what you feel is an ability that atrophies if you don’t use it.”

  2. DM

    Experimental psychology may be getting ahead of the current brain science to attribute so very much to mirror neurons when in reality so little is still known about them- and not just neuroscientifically and psychologically but likely sociologically as well (a domain where such very complex interactions relating to empathy like those described in the article occur). Here is an article from earlier in the year that attempts to place the subject of mirror neurons in some more considered perspective: A Calm Look at the Most Hyped Concept in Neuroscience – Mirror Neurons

  3. kjacobson@mindspring.com Post author

    The article you cite questions the evidence of mirror neurons in humans at all, which clearly is at odds with the Canadians who wrote the article I reference. They seem to accept the existence of mirror neurons in humans as fact. That’s quite a difference! In their study there seems to be something lighting up in the brains of their subjects when they squeeze the ball. Brain research has advanced to a significant degree with functional PET scans and various MRIs, but the brain is still so hard to study. The researchers in the Times may still have found a disparity between empathy shown by those in power as opposed to those who are not. They just may not be able to link it to mirror neurons exactly.

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