Catherine (tenthz) wrote,
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changed my mind: quotes

Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
-RD Laing, psychiatrist and author (1927-1989)



Because we don't understand the brain very well we're constantly tempted to use the latest technology as a model for trying to understand it. In my childhood we were always assured that the brain was a telephone switchboard. (What else could it be?) And I was amused to see that Sherrington, the great British neuroscientist, thought that the brain worked like a telegraph system. Freud often compared the brain to hydraulic and electromagnetic systems. Leibniz compared it to a mill, and now, obviously, the metaphor is the digital computer.
-John R. Searle, philosophy professor (1932- )
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