Following loss of sensitivity, how does cortical reorganization feel on the inside?

Man cannot distinguish his own smell. Nor can he grasp his own mentality. Only comparison with something external can evoke any meaningful awareness of one’s own characteristics. Self-identity is everyone’s blind spot. It must be highlighted via comparative external stimuli in order to be recognized.

A change in disposition does not in itself aid self-awareness. Cortical reorganization is experienced quite indistinctly: it can be felt only vaguely. Generally, personality is oblivious to both the state and the transformation of one’s own mentality. You know how it is: despite that one’s attitudes perpetually fluctuate he always finds himself objective.

The lost sensitivity is only implicit

The absence of receptors cannot be felt directly. There are no receptors for the presence of receptors or for the activity of cortical sensory areas. The loss of sensory input can merely be inferred if it interferes with the normal functioning of the brain. Only in a circuitous way can the absence of sensory input be experienced. Lost sensitivity can be recalled, deduced by analogy, reassembled or replaced.

The cortical reorganization overrides the original structure of the cortex and tends to substitute the lost sensitivity or the idea of it. The sufferer changes together with his cortical reorganization. He gradually forgets the lost sensitivity as the existing ones develop. The cortical reorganization modifies memory and changes attitudes. It is not self-evident to the subject undergoing it. To the extent that he is concerned he is unaware of his inner transformation. Yet, the more advanced the reorganization is the more refined and camouflaged it becomes. A subtle shift in the frame of mind and system of values could be its only tell-tail sign.

Can those circumcised at infancy really ever adequately appreciate the sensitivity they have lost?

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