Once self-awareness emerged through evolution, it was inevitable that an organism would ask,
"Who am I?"

VS Ramachandran; Neuroscientist


Instructions for living a life: 
Pay attention.
Be astonished. Tell about it.

Mary Oliver; poet


Our task as [humans] is to find the few principles that will calm the infinite anguish of free souls.

Albert Camus 
(The Almond Trees)


We learn more from bold mistakes than from cautious equivocation.

Daniel C Dennett; Neuroscientist
(Consciousness Explained)


Science was founded on the fundamental mystery:
the correspondence between
the world and certain operations of the mind,
its obedience to equations.

Roberto Calasso, writer/philosopher


It seems to me that all over the world people nowadays prefer to judge rather than to understand...

Milan Kundera
(Interviewed by Phillip Roth)


Now I absolutely flatly deny that I am a soul, or a body, or a mind, or an intelligence, or a brain, or a nervous system, or a bunch of glands, or any of the rest of these bits of me. The whole is greater than the part.

And therefore, I, who am man alive, am greater than my soul, or spirit, or body, or mind, or consciousness, or anything else that is merely a part of me. 

I am a man, and alive.

I am man alive, and as long as I can, I intend to go on being man alive.

DH Lawrence


There are specific features of consciousness
and specific features of human intelligence
that make the latter ill-equipped to understand the former.

Colin McGinn