.... "If the brain was so simple that we could understand it, then we would be so simple that we couldn't." -- Emerson M. Pugh


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Thursday, October 23, 2008

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"The brain's dynamo runs millions of jobs, by mixing chemicals, oscillations, synchronized rhythms, and who knows what else... Study the whole and the parts disappear; study the parts and the whole disappears... I believe consciousness is brazenly physical, a raucous mirage the brain creates to help us survive. But I also sense the universe is magical, greater than the sum of its parts, which I don't attribute to a governing god, but simply to the surprising, ecstatic, frightening, everyday reality we all know. Ultimately, I find consciousness a fascinating predicament for matter to get into."
--- Diane Ackerman, from "An Alchemy of Mind"

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