The metaphor of the brain as an information processor, in this computer era we live in, is inevitable.
– The brain is like a computer. It processes information.
There are sufferings (migraine, fibromyalgia) characterized by chronic or repetitive pain in which no alterations that explain properly the symptoms are found. The sufferer is given diagnostic labels, obscure hypotheses about its origin and insufficient relief remedies.
Experts have just found molecular alterations that suggest that something wrong happens in the neural network and use the metaphor.
– The brain processes information wrong. Turns banal stimuli into painful. Everything becomes pain.
If someone is interested in the information itself, in its quality, the experts say …
– There is not much information. We should organize sensitization campaigns, explain clearly the obscurities of the problem.
– I inform you: migraine, fibromyalgia… are diseases with a mysterious origin, they have no cure …
The sufferers feel relieved when they’re given a label, to later plunge into despair when they realize that the information condemns them to live in a body governed by a pathological brain, sick, making daily life a living hell.
– Your brain processes information wrong. It’s hyper-excitable, sensitive. Genes, emotions, stress… have made it that way.
The sufferers don’t ask about information. Neither do experts, of course. They are “the parents of the child”.
Perhaps some rambling mind could be skeptical about this.
– Couldn’t it be that the problem is in the information? I don’t know… Sorry, don’t misunderstand me… but couldn’t it be that the information is not… let’s say… good?
– Our information is scientific. From science, we know that we know nothing but we are identifying molecules that don’t measure up.
– It occurs to me that, well… thinking about computers… that brains have… viruses. A brain is like a computer, connected to a network in which information flows freely.
– Well… that happens in movies. In the real brain there are only molecules: serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, endorphins, endocannabinoids, glutamate, genes… of course, there are no chips or circuits. We are not robots.
– Should I confide then in your information as an expert?
– It is the best possible one.
Is the brain really the responsible one? Does it process badly the best possible information? Or maybe, this is just an idea… could it be that it processes excellently the worst possible information?
– Are you suggesting that we are the experts the problem? That we should be processed?
– It was just a hypothesis …