Black beauty, which above that common light, — , Sonnet of Black Beauty
Whose power can no colors here renew
But those which darkness can again subdue,
Do’st still remain unvary’d to the sight.
And like an object equal to the view,
Art neither chang’d with day, nor hid with night;
When all these colors which the world call bright,
And which old poetry doth so pursue,
Are with the night too perishéd and gone,
That of their being there remains no mark,
Thou still abidest so entirely one,
That we may know thy blackness is a spark
Of light inaccessible, and alone
Our darkness which can make us think it dark.
An new interview with neuroscientist David J. Linden provides some physiological context and grounding for reconsidering and thinking anew about what it means to be human.
From the Point of Inquiry introduction:
In this broad discussion with D.J. Grothe, David Linden challenges widespread beliefs about the brain, such as that people only use ten percent of it and that it is amazingly designed, arguing instead that the brain is “accidental.” . . . He discusses the neuron, and how it is a “lousy processor of information,” describing how evolution has nonetheless used it to build “clever us.” He talks about how our brains have constrained us, and may have physically led to the necessity of marriage, family and long childhoods. . . . And he argues that the brain has evolved to make everyone a “believer,” describing the similarities between belief in science and in religion, that both are similar “branches of the same cognitive stream.”
Click here for the complete Point of Inquiry introduction and links to the interview and the iTunes subscription page for P.O.I.