From: "Michael Lorrey" <email@example.com>
> This convinces me that the brain is most definitely a muscle.
You mean *like* a muscle, in that both function better with proper
> What I think is happening is when a natural repair process is on
> overdrive for so long that when the stress that creates the damage
> stops, the repair process doesn't know enough to stop repairing....
> Perhaps it is that with the brain, continuous highly complex thoughts
> require a plasticity that needs some sort of re-enforcement such that
> when it stops, the re-enforcement doesn't stop and plaques build up.
Or... perhaps, like a muscle that doesn't get used, the brain atrophies
from lack of nutrients which brain activity insures by increasing blood
Interesting that this line of thinking (on this thread) evolved from
discussion of The International Forum on Globalization, then to: genes and
Useless hypotheses: consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind,
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