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Similarly, response to an emotion was an algorithmic action. If fear was generated, a deer bounded away. A bird took flight. A fish swam off. But, such escape was hardly possible by heading into predator. An algorithmic intelligence remembered, evaluated and instantly chose best of multiple escape routes to increase distance from danger. That region responded to pain, with a massive search for escape routes to avoid pain. While nociceptors selectively reported pain, action region generated a powerful drive to escape from it. That algorithmic drive was “hurt” part of pain. Hypnosis was known to still that drive. A similar result was reported for an older surgical procedure, which cut neural link between perception of pain and dynamic response to it. Both treatments had patients reporting disappearance of “hurt.”
Pain was an awful affliction. Chronic pain sufferers had to endure it over extended periods. Physicians recommended acceptance of pain as a solution. They suggested that a patient's attitude was also critical to treatment of pain. But, “acceptance” and “attitude” were difficult concepts. How could one accept continuing pain? How could a subconscious attitude ever be changed? This was where an appreciation of independent algorithmic processes of mind helped. Practical steps could yield a trusted result. Remove “hurt” part, distress, of pain. Learning “acceptance” was a worthy endeavor.
The mind had unique ability to see itself. Across centuries, sages looked inward and recognized their own feelings and thoughts. In same way, it was also possible to identify your own drives. The key was awareness. And, insight that identification was possible. The vital secret of atomic bomb was just that it was possible. The drive to escape pain was a unique entity. Its operation had recognizable symptoms. By consciously identifying its physical symptoms, a patient could learn to identify it as a distinct mental event. Identify tensions of urge to escape, of impatience, of desperation. When urge was recognized, it vanished. Later, this drive became a familiar entity, which vanished, on recognition. Recognition and practice stilled “hurt” drive. The pain was there, but it did not hurt anymore. Which went on to prove that even “acceptance” could also be an algorithmic process.
Abraham Thomas is the author of The Intuitive Algorithm, a book, which suggests that intuition is a pattern recognition algorithm. The ebook version is available at www.intuition.co.in. The book may be purchased only in India. The website, provides a free movie and a walk through to explain the ideas.