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By Laura Salisbury, Andrew Shail

As humans of the fashionable period have been singularly vulnerable to worried issues, the frightened approach turned a version for describing political and social association. This quantity untangles the mutual dependencies of medical neurology and the cultural attitudes of the interval 1800-1950, exploring how and why modernity used to be a essentially apprehensive kingdom.

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Nerves were measured on, and understood in terms of, an axis – time – the representability of which had been established by the new speeds and frequencies achieved by modernity’s pumps, springs, joists, derricks, engines, factories, work crews, transportation networks and communications links (see Doane 4). And as the discourses of a technological modernity achieved dominance, so a model of the body appropriate to its priorities came into being. The body was found to be regulated by limited energies rather than, as in the humoural model, a balance of theoretically unlimited forces.

Jean Walton proposes that the idea of the independent thinking of the enteric nervous system or ‘second brain’ was vital in generating our modern notion of habit, and was structurally implicated within modernity’s conception of time as a surplus that could be tied to capitalist theories of production. Finally, for Melissa M. Littlefield, multiple endeavours to find the consciousness-specific substance of thought, a Laura Salisbury and Andrew Shail 37 ‘mind particle’, drew authority from modernity’s obsession with the production of material explanations of mental functioning.

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