posted on May, 2 2013 @ 09:59 PM
Originally posted by jiggerj
Why or how would evolution create pain? Seems like such a negative sensation; one that evolution would have disposed of. Thoughts?
Pain is an ingenious mechanism in evolutionary terms . . . the fact that it puzzles you is somewhat puzzling to me. Even more puzzling is the fact
that some are trying to respond in a philosophical manner. Pain is nothing more than the body's alarm system.
Let's take something as simple as a toothache . . . it's a sign that there is something wrong in that area. Might be a cavity or a broken tooth.
But, the nerves sending the pain signal to the brain let you know that area needs attention. If attention isn't given it could lead to an infection,
which would be worse for your health.
Now let's say primitive man is out hunting one of the beasts of the Pliocene . . . he cracks a rib. Without pain, he wouldn't know he damaged a rib
and therefore won't favor that side or take it easy, while it heals. If he went out the next day and took a hit to the same side, it could become a
full on break and puncture a lung. Again, worse for your health and survival.
Even when framed in an emotional sense . . . it is a symptom of something being wrong.
Pain is the ultimate internal survival mechanism . . .
I would think this was common knowledge and, somewhat, self evident . . . puzzling to say the least.
edit on 5/2/13 by solomons path because:
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