Below is an excerpt from the introduction chapter in Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction by Keith Oatley: . Representation of models in the brain In 1996 a group of researchers led by Giacomo Rizzolatti made a discovery that set the world of neuroscience abuzz. It was of neurons that fired either when a monkey saw … Continue reading mirror, mirror (neurons) on the wall
. An artist and musician named Amy Winehouse died a few weeks ago. . Since then there has been quite a bit of noise about it. These are the words that seem to crop up most often: drugs, music, alcohol, death, cure, habit, shame, pity, talent, genius, addict, clean, rehab, therapy, media, pain, attention, scrutiny, … Continue reading sentences
. “If in fact, as we have shown, neurasthenia may predispose to suicide, it has no such necessary result. To be sure, the neurasthenic is almost inevitably destined to suffer if he is thrust overmuch into active life; but it is not impossible for him to withdraw from it in order to lead a more … Continue reading neurasthenics are always underdoing sad and arduous calisthenics of the brain, but they shouldn’t worry!
. . The collapse of the stellar universe will occur—like creation—in grandiose splendor. —Blaise Pascal “The words attributed to Blaise Pascal which preface my film Lessons of Darkness are in fact by me. Pascal himself could not have said it better. This falsified and yet, as I will later demonstrate, not falsified quotation should serve as … Continue reading Werner Herzog is such a smart aleck!
I wish we could be nicer like the Americans instead we are caught halfway between a European sense of style you can always be at home in & the Aborigines’ knack of passing the time—they know that nothing matters too much between now & forever, unlike the industrious American who looks around & sees that … Continue reading a poem by John Forbes intittled ‘Antipodean Heads’