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Mahvish Qureshi's picture

As odd a comparison as this

As odd a comparison as this may be I kind of see the phantom limb phenomenon similar to the straight-jacketed birds.

People who were born without limbs still have the sensation of their limbs presence, because it is in a sense hardwired into the system, in the same way birds that may have never stretched their wings before still have the ability and sensation of how to fly because this is something that is hardwired into them. The birds improve their flying with time, so would that mean if a prosthetis of sorts was put on as replacement for the lost arm, that motion would be gained just as quickly as flying was for a bird?

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