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Originally posted by spacekc929
A problem I find with their explanation is that they call hair 'an extension of the nerves.' This simply isn't true. Hair is dead. It is made up of keratinized proteins, the same stuff that makes up our nails. Hair has muscles attached to it which make it stand up when we are cold or scared (erector pilli) but beyond that there is no nerve anything inside of hair. When you cut it, it doesn't feel anything. When you pull it, the attachment to the muscles in your body is what hurts, not the hair itself. Just as I'd have trouble believing that my fingernails had a Sixth Sense, I have trouble believing my hair has a Sixth Sense. So, I am just not buying into this.
Often men who are losing their hair feel that they are losing their youth. The suggestion that being bald proves you are more virile has been undermined by medical science and is not very reassuring. History, however, tells a different story. There are many different cultures, worldwide, where baldness or the removal of part of the hair has traditionally been the mark of a warrior. Even some female warriors have chosen to remove their hair to demonstrate their warrior spirit.