Denial

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?

 

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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?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141118072634.htm

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jnc.12621/pdf

http://www.nature.com/scitable/content/neurons-have-elaborate-cytoskeletal-structures-14673315

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/CellularAutomaton.html

https://youtu.be/LXFFbxoHp3s

The neuron’s cytoskeleton: an active scaffold.