My dear friend Rahul got me thinking of the placebo effect today (thanks Rahul). I've written about this before. The more I think about it the more I think that we have very little knowledge of how the mind really works. Every study that is done is still a reflection of human factors. Studying the brain using the brain we have as humans seems like a vicious circle. And yet it's all we have. Unless some alien life form steps in to analyze us and study us, our perspective is the only one we have.
It seems that we go through life seeking chemical fixes, whether outright as in drugs, prescription or otherwise; or the chemical fix we receive as a result of our own thoughts, feelings, and experiences. As much as I'd like to think otherwise, some days I feel no more sentient than the cat sleeping on the floor next to me. I am a product of and a slave to my 3lb universe. If the neocortex is what separates us from the "lower" life forms, it seems obvious that we don't know what the fuck we're doing with all this brain power. Evolution my ass.