"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

Feb 17, 2009

Consciousness

"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 Julian Jaynes'
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

3 Comments:

At 4:56 PM , Blogger JoeC said...

Definitely on my list. Hope B&N has a copy, otherwise it may not get here from Amazon by the weekend.

Hey, have you ever read Emmanuels Book?

 
At 6:15 PM , Blogger Paulette said...

Very interesting theory. Threw me in a maze of info! :)

 
At 8:12 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Thanks for the tip, Joe, looks interesting.

Paulista- This book rocked my world, much of my college work revolved around it. You'd probably get a lot of mileage out of it.

 

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