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Is the nervous system different for everyone?

Is the nervous system different for everyone? Topic: Being unique and different essays
June 17, 2019 / By Lyrica
Question: I'm writing an essay right now for anatomy class and we're studying the nervous system. So, is the nervous system different for everyone? Is that why we all have different reaction times?
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Keila Keila | 4 days ago
I disagree with Tracy Love. The answer really is "it depends". When you ask if everyone is "different"... What exactly to you mean by different? And, when you are asking about the nervous system, exactly what do you mean by the nervous system? Obviously every person is genetically unique except identical twins but even identical twins develop slightly differently, have unique finger prints for example. And... the genetic diversity within our species is one fact of evolution. And... obviously, the brain is part of the nervous system so, do you believe that our personality, intelligence, compassion, humor, sense of right and wrong, dreams, imagination, creativity, etc are aspects of our brain and, therefore, aspects of our nervous system? The basic blue print for a human being is pretty much the same for all humans but the details are all unique, the specific DNA and development and growth of individuals are all unique. And... this does not even account for mutations. There is a laundry list of known genetic mutations including the ability to roll one's tongue, being born with 6 fingers and toes (being born with 6 functioning fingers is certainly a different nervous system than 5 fingers), the mutation that causes sickle cell anemia (which actually protects individuals from malaria so it's hard to strictly call it a "defect"), etc. So... You asked the question so only you can decide what the answer is.
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Keila Originally Answered: Is the nervous system different for everyone?
I disagree with Tracy Love. The answer really is "it depends". When you ask if everyone is "different"... What exactly to you mean by different? And, when you are asking about the nervous system, exactly what do you mean by the nervous system? Obviously every person is genetically unique except identical twins but even identical twins develop slightly differently, have unique finger prints for example. And... the genetic diversity within our species is one fact of evolution. And... obviously, the brain is part of the nervous system so, do you believe that our personality, intelligence, compassion, humor, sense of right and wrong, dreams, imagination, creativity, etc are aspects of our brain and, therefore, aspects of our nervous system? The basic blue print for a human being is pretty much the same for all humans but the details are all unique, the specific DNA and development and growth of individuals are all unique. And... this does not even account for mutations. There is a laundry list of known genetic mutations including the ability to roll one's tongue, being born with 6 fingers and toes (being born with 6 functioning fingers is certainly a different nervous system than 5 fingers), the mutation that causes sickle cell anemia (which actually protects individuals from malaria so it's hard to strictly call it a "defect"), etc. So... You asked the question so only you can decide what the answer is.
Keila Originally Answered: Is the nervous system different for everyone?
The circulatory system is not usually controlled by you. That is, you cannot command your heart to beat faster just by thinking about it. Movement and hormonal changes can however increase blood flow, so, although it is a stretch you are may consider that a voluntary change. The nervous system controls movements both voluntary and involuntary so you should be able to figure that one out on your own.

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The circulatory system is not usually controlled by you. That is, you cannot command your heart to beat faster just by thinking about it. Movement and hormonal changes can however increase blood flow, so, although it is a stretch you are may consider that a voluntary change. The nervous system controls movements both voluntary and involuntary so you should be able to figure that one out on your own.
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Humans are all pretty much clones with the most diversity in physiological characteristics occuring between the genders. Within a gender development (upbringing and experience) are most important but comparing the two you have to factor in early influence of gender hormones during maturation with testosterone giving the edge to reflexes and strength and reaction times.
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Elanor Originally Answered: I want to tell my parent that I'm bi, but I'm too nervous. How should I go about telling them?
You're not required to make a big, dramatic coming out announcement. A lot of people think it's required -- probably because lots of people talk about doing it -- but there's no law compelling you to do so. I'm in my 40s and never made an official announcement to anyone. Not because I was closeted, but because I thought it would be kind of belaboring something that is simply a part of who I am. I would have felt like I was rationalizing it, or even like I was apologizing for being "different." If straight folks don't have to announce their orientations, why do we? Everyone is just born the way they are. I may be different from a straight man, but that also means that HE is different from ME. In other words, we're just different from each other -- no one is "less than" the other. So the upshot of my story is that my family and friends know I'm gay, and I never had to go through the drama and trauma of making an announcement. You can just live your life freely, pursue happiness as you see fit, and let observers draw their own logical conclusions. Though I've never walked up to someone and said, "I'm gay," I've always been truthful on the few occasions that someone has asked me about it. [I'm masculine, so people usually don't realize that I'm gay -- quite a few have been highly surprised.] But if you DO decide to tell your parent, just be direct. No need to beat around the bush, just tell them. And then be prepared to give him/her time to process the information.

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