What is the name

of that flower?

It is easier to deny things

that you do not have

a framework of knowledge

or experience

that helps enable understanding

those things

than it is to learn

or examine

what of the deluge

is drinkable?


Julian Jaynes Quote from “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind”

“O, what a world of unseen visions and heard silences, this insubstantial country of the mind! What ineffable essences, these touchless rememberings and unshowable reveries! And the privacy of it all! A secret theater of speechless monologue and prevenient counsel, an invisible mansion of all moods, musings, and mysteries, an infinite resort of disappointments and discoveries. A whole kingdom where each of us reigns reclusively alone, questioning what we will, commanding what we can. A hidden hermitage where we may study out the troubled book of what we have done and yet may do. An introcosm that is more myself than anything I can find in a mirror. This consciousness that is myself of selves, that is everything, and yet is nothing at all – what is it?
And where did it come from?
And why?”

— excerpt from the introduction to The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, by Julian Jaynes.

Kurzweil’s site repost

The neuron’s cytoskeleton: an active scaffold.

What’s going on inside a neuron?

The neuron’s cytoskeleton: an active scaffold.