Air is beautiful, yet you cannot see it. It’s soft, yet you cannot touch it, Air is a little like my brain.
Jean Claude van Damme
“I said in Dorian Gray that the great sins of the world take place in the brain: but it is in the brain that everything takes place…. It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.”
“It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.”
“…neurobiologists still go on openly studying reflxes and looking under the hood, not huddling passively in the trenches. Many of them still keep wondering: how does the inner life arise? Ever puzzled, they oscillate between two major fictions: (1) The brain can be understood; (2) We will never come close. Meanwhile they keep pursuing brain mechanisms, partly from habit, partly out of faith. Their premise: The brain is the organ of the mind. Clearly, this three-pound lump of tissue is the source of our ”insight information” about our very being. Somewhere in it there might be a few hidden guidelines for better ways to lead our lives.”
Zen and the Brain, James H. Austin, 1998 (p. 6).
“Anyone who claims that the brain is a total mystery should be slapped upside the head with the MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. All one thousand ninety-six pages of it.”
“An enchanted loom where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one.”
Sir Charles Sherrington, describing the brain
“The large brain, like large government, may not be able to do simple things in a simple way.”
“The highest activities of consciousness have their origins in physical occurrences of the brain just as the loveliest melodies are not too sublime to be expressed by notes.”