Re: Don't Forget To Upload The ENS

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 11:59:01 MDT

On Mon, Jul 23, 2001 at 07:10:32PM +0200, Eugene Leitl wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Jul 2001, Mike Lorrey wrote:
> > Gee, do we need to get our guts included in a neurosuspension?
> I'm told many handicapped lack gut feel. (Kinda fingures, after your
> spinal cord has been severed at vertebrae XY).

Actually, I wonder about that now. There ought to be signals going along
the vagus nerve too, and as far as I know it is rarely severed. I always
thought the visceral aspect of emotions were largely due to the vagus and
some humoral feedback, but of course the spinal cord would be a major
contributor too. So it would be interesting to study the differences in
people with lesions to the spinal cord, vagus or both.

Personally I consider the vagus nerve to be one of the big design
misfeatures of the body. No modularity, innervates totally unrelated
organs, even the inner part of the ear canal. It is a big 'goto' statement

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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