Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thought du jour - 27 September 2011


"The world we've created for ourselves is a shadow of our reproductive imperative, and our institutions are symptomatic of our devotion to our short-lived physical selves. The activities of a typical day betray our dedication to maintaining reproductive viability. But the chemical phenomenon that gives the single-celled amoeba its raison d'etre seems somehow less-than-noble for a species that has evolved the singular and promising faculties of foresight and imagination. I think the human species is approaching a point where the need to create (in the biological sense) will be superseded by the sheer pleasure of thought itself. We will continue to be creators. But our slavish attachment to the physical world and all of its superficial excess will be left behind as we plunge forward, breaking down the perceived barriers between mind and brain, thought and flesh, sentience and circuitry." - Mac Tonnies

Note: The quote above is taken from Mac's short but thought-provoking essay, Sentience and Circuitry: Meat is Memory.

Paul Kimball

2 comments:

Dia Sobin said...

...and, thanks for this, too!

Okeanos Secretus said...

Such thought provoking words, I've often had paralled thoughts myself.