Mary’s Room

Imagine a neuroscientist who has only ever seen black and white things, but she is an expert in color vision and knows everything about its physics and biology. If, one day, she sees color, does she learn anything new? Is there anything about perceiving color that wasn’t captured in her knowledge?

My belief: She absolutely learned something new, and though that new knowledge is hard to explain, it is not mystical, unexplainable, or nontransferable. Her new brain state could in fact be replicated in another brain or machine and be experienced just as Mary had herself.

Touch Nature

Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got dirty through too much civilization take a walk in the woods, or a bath in the sea. Entering the unconscious, entering yourself through dreams, is touching nature from the inside and this is the same thing, things are put right again.”

— Carl Jung (via swissmiss)

The Quintessential Figure

Eve not only deserves punishment but becomes the quintessential figure of unruly, transgressive nature, a nature that neither woman nor man can altogether contain and both would prefer to repudiate.”

— Lisa Appignanesi, Introduction to The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar