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  • "Ectoderm" sounds like an "instantiation" (from dictionary.com):

    instantiation (ɪnˌstænʃɪˈeɪʃən)

    —n
    1. the act or an instance of instantiating
    2. the representation of (an abstraction) by a concrete example
    3. logic
    a. the process of deriving an individual statement from a general one by replacing the variable with a name or other referring expression
    b. the valid inference of an instance from a universally quantified statement, as David is rational from all men are rational
    c. a statement so derived
    The valid inference of the "ectoderm" instantiation is: pain is a product of the brain, the brain is the self-referential hub of the nervous system- an ectodermal derivative.

    One cannot make such an instantiative inference from mesodermal derivatives with respect to pain. The only argument that could be made is that ectodermal derivatives are so different from ectoderm that the latter abstraction is misleading, inaccurate or at least incomplete.

    I think that's quibbling, myself.
    John Ware, PT
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
    "Nothing can bring a man peace but the triumph of principles." -R.W. Emerson
    “If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot
    be carried on to success.” -The Analects of Confucius, Book 13, Verse 3

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    • I thought this was a fantastic thread and thus deserving of a bump.

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