War, Pain and the Super Soldier


A battle from Overseas Voyages illuminated by Sebastian Marmoret (circa 1490). Detail. Photo 12 / UIG via Getty Images

The history of war is filled with examples of soldiers who, in the heat of battle, fail to register the full extent of their injuries. In fact, some of our oldest accounts of battle seem devoid of pain’s emotional context. For humans possess two systems of pain: sensory pain and conscious pain. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for a discussion that spans the battlefields of human history and future, invoking everything from the bicameral mind to current neuroscience.

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Maximilian I and his artillery during the Ottoman wars in Europe - marble relief at the memorial of Maximilian I. in the Hofkirche (Court Church) in Innsbruck, Austria.
Maximilian I and his artillery during the Ottoman wars in Europe - marble relief at the memorial of Maximilian I. in the Hofkirche (Court Church) in Innsbruck, Austria.
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Topics in this Podcast: pain, war, history