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178 IV. STRUCTURAL FACTORS IN A LANGUAGES
were apparently no other important defects. This child never showed any development of sensory or motor power, or of 'intelligence', or signs of hunger or thirst. During the first year of his life, he was continually in a state of profound stupor, without any movements, and from the second year on, until his death (at three years and nine months), was continually crying.5
Although many animals, for instance fishes, have no differentiated cortex, yet their nervous system is perfectly adequate for their lives and conditions. But in a more complex nervous system, the relative functions of different parts of the brain undergo fundamental transformation. In the most complex nervous system, as found in man, the older parts of the brain are much more under the control of the cerebral cortex than in any of the animals, as is shown in the example above. The absence of the human cortex involves a much more profound disturbance of the activities of the other parts of the brain. Since the cortex has a profound influence upon the other parts of the brain, the insufficient use of the cortex must reflect detrimentally upon the functioning of the other parts of the brain. The enormous complexity of the structure of the human brain and the corresponding complexity of its functioning accounts not only for all human achievements, but also for all human difficulties. It also explains why, in spite of the fact that our anatomy differs but little from that of some higher animals, veterinary science is more simple than human medicine.
Because of the structure of the nervous system, we see how the completion of one stage of the process which originated by an external stimulus (A) and has itself become a nervously elaborated end-product (B), may, in its turn, become the stimulus for a still further nervously elaborated new end-product (C), and so on. When association or relation neurons enter, the number of possibilities is enormously increased.
It must be emphasized that A, B, C., are, fundamentally, entirely different. For instance, the external event A1 may be a falling stone, which is an entirely different affair from the pain we have when this stone falls on our foot. It thus becomes clearer what is meant by a statement that the 'senses' abstract in their own appropriate way, determined by survival value, the external events; give these abstractions their special colouring (a blow on the eye gives us the feeling of light); discharge these transformed stimuli to further centres, in which they become again abstracted, coloured, transformed,. The end-product of this second abstracting is again an entirely different affair from the first abstraction.
Obviously, for survival value, this extremely complex nervous system should work in complete co-ordination. Processes should pass the