Episode 22 – Pain (part 1)

It is some time ago that I promised we would be doing some work on pain and so I figured it’s about time we got started with the advanced class. This is the first of three episodes all about pain.
Pain is complex and incredibly difficult to manage, and many of the medications we use to treat pain are ineffective or have harmful side effects.
However, through a deeper understanding of the mechanism that produce pain it is possible to find new approaches to addressing pain when the medications are not cutting it.
In this first episode we take a board approach to explore what pain is, drawing on emerging neuroscience, as well as considering evolutionary and philosophical perspectives.