Mind.

January 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” – George R.R. Martin

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Mt. Jefferson's South Summit

Mt. Jefferson’s South Summit

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“The universe is full of men going through the same motions in the same surroundings, but carrying within themselves, and projecting around them, universes as mutually remote as the constellations.” – Emmanuel Mounier

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Shoshone Mountain Range, Northern Nevada

Shoshone Mountain Range, Northern Nevada

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“A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without friends, without books, even without music, as long as he can listen to his own thoughts.” – Axel Munthe

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North Shoshone Peak

North Shoshone Peak

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“Always, the eye sees more than the mind can comprehend, and we go through life self-blinded to much that lies before us. We want a simple world, but we live in a magnificently complex one, and rather than open ourselves to it, we perceive the world through filters that make it less daunting.” – Dean Koontz

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Toiyabe Range NV

Toiyabe Range NV

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“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” – Black Elk

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 Toiyabe Range

Toiyabe Range

“…..with 313 named mountain ranges, Nevada has more mountains than any state except Alaska….At 10,000′ for a stretch of nearly 50 miles, the crest of Central Nevada’s Toiyabe Range is well-situated to catch snows that would otherwise miss the arid valleys of the Basin and Range territory..

At 65 miles,  the TCT is Nevada’s longest trail, but it’s also one of those middle-of-nowhere trails that you wonder whose idea it was to work from the 1930s and even though it’s part of the National Recreation Trail has suffered some serious neglect ever since.”

http://www.thecleanestline.com/2009/06/toiyabe-trails-part-1.html

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“I thought about the relentless thought-processing, soul-devouring machine that is my brain, and wondered how on earth I was ever going to master it. Then I remembered that line from Jaws and couldn’t help smiling: ‘We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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 Toiyabe Range

Toiyabe Range

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“An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.” – George S. Patton, Jr.

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Known only from the Toiyabe and Humboldt ranges of Nevada, on steep scree and talus slopes of dark angular slate or limestone.

Known only from the Toiyabe and Humboldt ranges of Nevada, on steep scree and talus slopes of dark angular slate or limestone.

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“Yes, we have a soul, but it’s made of lots of tiny robots.” And I thought, exactly. That’s the view. Yes, we have a soul, but in what sense? In the sense that our brains, unlike the brains even of dogs and cats and chimpanzees and dolphins, our brains have functional structures that give our brains powers that no other brains have – powers of look-ahead, primarily. We can understand our position in the world, we can see the future, we can understand where we came from. We know that we’re here. No buffalo knows it’s a buffalo, but we jolly well know that we’re members of Homo sapiens, and it’s the knowledge that we have and the can-do, our capacity to think ahead and to reflect and to evaluate and to evaluate our evaluations, and evaluate the grounds for our evaluations.

It’s this expandable capacity to represent reasons that we have that gives us a soul. But what’s it made of? It’s made of neurons. It’s made of lots of tiny robots. And we can actually explain the structure and operation of that kind of soul, whereas an eternal, immortal, immaterial soul is just a metaphysical rug under which you sweep your embarrassment for not having any explanation.” – Daniel C. Dennett

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“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. More than anything else, this new century demands new thinking: We must change our materially based analyses of the world around us to include broader, more multidimensional perspectives.” – Albert Einstein

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