June 15, 2017

Just found this dinosaurs "Everything's Going to be OK" comic in a folder I had forgotten about, of scans of old office decorations... I think from an ancient copy of "Funny Times"

I like it better than This Is Fine Dog which stresses me out tbh.
Quotes from Dan Dennett's "Consciousness Explained" - I just reread this book, one that I've considered most critical to my understanding of my own sense of self...

If the resolution of our vision were as poor as the resolution of our olfaction, when a bird flew overhead the sky would *go all birdish* for us for a while.
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The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore, so it eats it! (It's rather like getting tenure.)
(paraphrase of neuroscientist Rodolfo Llinás.)
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Consciousness is gappy and sparse, and doesn't contain half of what people think is there!
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"We speak, not only to tell others what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. "
--J. Hughlings Jackson
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"How can I tell what I think until I see what I say?"
--E.M.Forster
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"Before my teacher came to me, I did not know that I am. I lived in a world that was a no-world. I cannot hope to describe adequately that unconscious, yet conscious time of nothingness.... Since I had no power of thought, I did not compare one mental state with another."
--Helen Keller
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"Sometimes I am, sometimes I think."
--Paul Valéry