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7 Post author: Annoyance 21 May 2009 05:34PM

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Comment author: Annoyance 22 May 2009 06:45:21PM 3 points [-]

But I don't know if older layers can inhibit newer layers. Can they?

The answer is a resounding 'yes', at least in the sense that sufficient activation of the older parts retards the functioning of the newer.

People with sufficient limbic system activation (rage, disgust, sexual arousal, etc.) literally cannot think in a rational or sophisticated manner. Their ability to control and direct their behavior becomes impaired, and they tend to act impulsively.