Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Antithesis (April)

Steven Poole’s review of ‘The Mind is Flat’, by Nick Chater (Guardian Weekly, 13 April). “Our richness of experience seems to be a construct.” Why not, experience seems to be a richness of experience? “”Emotions are probably generated when we notice changes in our bodily state.” Probably? What else? “Memory is a highly fallible recreation.” In what sense, fallible? Isn’t it all we’ve got? “The brain can attend to only one thing at a time.” So how come we connect words and music in a song? “The mind is a free-jazzing blank slate.” Conclusion: no, the mind is not flat.

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