Posted 12 November 2009 - 01:12 AM
unlike ghosts, theres too much evidence to point to nonsupernatural answers to the phantom limb phenomena, im not putting down anyones beliefs at all, but unlike with ghosts where you cant entirely prove or disprove any given case entirely unless a spirit decides to remap the sensations of your amputated hand to your face i personally can not understand this, if it was the spirit why would someone touching your cheek feel like someone was touching your hand? heres a quick quote i found from like 4 seconds of googling:
"The ability to feel sensations and pain in a limb or limbs that no longer exist. Phantom limb syndrome experienced by amputees is generally characterized by nonpainful sensations, such as the perception of movement and reception of external stimuli (e.g., touch, pressure, itch), and by painful sensations, such as the perception of burning, tingling, or shooting pains. The syndrome can be explained by map expansion neuroplasticity, in which the local brain region that once specialized in controlling the function of the amputated limb and that is reflected as a discrete "map" in the cerebral cortex of the brain is taken over by an adjacent brain map such as the face map, thereby expanding the face map. The acquisition of a part of the unused phantom map by the face map results in the perception of sensation in the amputated limb when the face is touched. Treatment of the syndrome may employ pain-relieving medications, coping techniques, nonsurgical treatments (including shock therapy and acupuncture), and implantable treatments, such as deep brain stimulation and spinal cord stimulation. Mirror box therapy has been successful in a small number of patients, primarily those who experienced paralysis of a limb prior to amputation and thus suffer from a condition known as "learned paralysis."
if its the spirit how how is it treated in these ways? and why would, even in only some cases, would your spirit continually hug your face after the hand is removed. to me it just doesnt make sense, especially since they can prove the change in the way your mind maps out differently logically explaining the sensation. is the soul linked to it entirely? i cant say for i am not God, but to me this other explanation makes more sense and i think should atleast be considered
more or less your brin is used to the hand being there and cant make sense of it being gone so it compensates
sorry for veering so far off point carlotta