Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Phantom limb syndrome is the perception of sensations, including pain, in a limb that has been amputated. People with this condition experience feelings in the limb as if it were still attached to their body. This is because the brain continues to receive messages from nerves that originally carried impulses from the missing limb. I think this says a lot about the power and ability of our brains. The fact that it is possible to feel something that isn't really there is astonishing to me. It makes me wonder, is everything we see, hear, feel, smell, and touch the real sensation? Or is it our body's representation of the sense?