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The Gut

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There are problems with Wilson's text, "The Brain in the Gut" that I struggle to manifest coherently but will attempt to clarify out of a profound curiosity for her diagnosis of the gut's relationship with the central nervous system and the method psychoanalysis.
One of her glaring short comings is either her failure to or purposeful neglect at analyzing the gut's interaction with a subject while under another extreme emotional state, extensive in time and preferably one the human being would consider positive, excessive elation or while induced by the fantastical state of "love." Would the gut, as with Wilson's accounts of depression, suppress hunger or the exact opposite stimulate it's need to consume more rapidly?
Another question arises when Wilson quotes Gershon, "Since the brain in the head affects the second brain [i.e., the ens], it is, of course, conceivable that a disturbed mind may transmit it's problems to the enteric nervous system, thereby upsetting even the fuctions delegated tot he second brain." and subsequently paraphrasing however, there is nothing preventing the gut from demonstrating "enteric misbehavior" working separately from the affects on the brain. Does this "enteric misbehavior" account for the guts refusal to response to the human's dynamic changes of emotion daily? What's more, by using the word "refusal" (my own) and referring back to the texts persuasion of having one think critically of the gut's independence, is it possible the gut is theoretically a anatomical thinker, having the ability to select?
This is all unclear and up in the air but indeed the questions asked are to some extent mentionable. If any are interested in the "unconscious" which is a significant undercurrent in Wilson's essay, one should read Freud's text, "The Interpretation of Dreams."


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