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    I was thinking, and I came across a strange idea, why doesnt the brain let us know how, for example, the human organs and the brain itself work. We are never consciously or sub-consciously knowing of how our own bodies work without learning it.

    Seems very strange does it not?



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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Not really, if you were aware of every heartbeat and every other process going on in your body it would a) distract you from noticing important stuff around you and b) probably drive you insane...
    No, you have me mistaken. I mean for example, we do not even know how our own brains work, it is like a perfect sighted person looking at themselves in a mirror and not seeing themselves, just a blank space.

    Who can tell me they understood how their body worked before they went to school. That is my point, our own brain does not reveal how our own body works without learning first hand.



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    Some people do have breakdowns in the filters of their brains. Someone who has suffered severe head trauma, for instance, may find themselves able to recite a day of the week from a date a thousand years from now or write the music for a symphany they heard only once or any number of other strange feats. The problem is that this new ability often comes with side effects. They may suffer migraines or paranoia or some other severe psychological episode. It's an interesting study, but the brain works the way it does for a reason.

    EDIT: As to our brains not telling us how they work, it's probably because they don't know. Our brain is not an independent consciousness from our "self". It is a bundle of neurons which relays information based upon external stimuli. Nothing more.
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    I was thinking, and I came across a strange idea, why doesnt the brain let us know how, for example, the human organs and the brain itself work
    If it did I'd think we would scare ourselves to death!
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    To be a little abstract, the brain kind of DOES tell us about itself. It is because of the brain that we can perform neuroscience and biology that help us better understand it. It's kind of indirect, but still...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    As to our brains not telling us how they work, it's probably because they don't know. Our brain is not an independent consciousness from our "self". It is a bundle of neurons which relays information based upon external stimuli. Nothing more.
    Clearest answer, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    As to our brains not telling us how they work, it's probably because they don't know. Our brain is not an independent consciousness from our "self". It is a bundle of neurons which relays information based upon external stimuli. Nothing more.
    Clearest answer, I think.
    Thank you for clearing that up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devon Keogh View Post
    I was thinking, and I came across a strange idea, why doesnt the brain let us know how, for example, the human organs and the brain itself work. We are never consciously or sub-consciously knowing of how our own bodies work without learning it.

    Seems very strange does it not?
    It seems rather a strange question to me, actually.

    Why would the brain even consider there to be a need to inform if it is autonomously performing it's functions properly? 'Who' or 'what' is the brain answerable to?

    Then again, I will be the first to admit that I frequently analyze why I feel or respond in a certain way to various situations which does lend itself to wonder about the analytical and executive functions of that blob of grey matter that we know as the brain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    It seems rather a strange question to me, actually.
    See, this demonstrates that brains can work pretty differently. The question made sense to me and I found it to be a pretty good question.
    If the brain must inject insulin into the bloodstream or adrenaline, say- shouldn't it make sense that the information that it did so, why it did so etc. be available to the conscious mind? I mean, in greater depth than just, "I got scared so my brain released adrenaline;" No, I mean, to the finest details. To the point where medically, the brain can simply be asked about all of the inner workings. After-all, it partakes in most of them.
    I also can see why the answer to the question is applicable. It does not consciously stay aware of chemical reactions. It just does things.
    Only a very limited portion of the brain really does analysis.
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    why doesnt the brain let us know how,
    The brain does "know"...just not the conscience part, because there was no evolutionary advantage in knowing for our higher thinking.
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    The brain only gets information from sense organs. There are no sense organs inside the brain itself .
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    I think it is not soooo important for a kind to know how it's body work in order to survive.
    We can fight a lot of sicknesses and other medical problems by knowing how or body works...but having a lot of children and starting to procreate very early is enough to survive, as well.
    Another reason is that it seems to be very complicated to "store" information in brains. Information need thousand of years to just slightly affect our genes or whatever is responsible for our instincts. I don't know how it works...but it needs a long time. So...there may be a natural information...that tells us to look out for fire, snakes and spiders...or to fear the dark or appreciate big breasts...but how our body work is only known for a few centuries. We observed million of times how somebody was attacked by a snake...but we didn't see how our liver is working or how braincells link. We simply don't see that...so how should/could we know?
    Another reason is simply...that even if there would be a necessity to store this knowledge...medicine + biology are far to complex to be part of our instincts, especially because we are less instinct-driven than all other animals. Or to compare it with computers...we are delivered with a almost empty hard-drive.
    And...it is not like we don't know anything about our body. We all know that bleeding is bad, and which body-parts to guard if we fight, and what to do if we are hungry or horny, and that cute little babies need to be protected.
    So we DO HAVE basic knowledge about our body.
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