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“... the mind can store an estimated 100 trillion bits of information — compared with which a computer's mere billions are virtually amnesiac ...”
“But the mind's cross-indexing puts the best librarian to shame.”
“The mind, of course, is just what the brain does for a living.”
“Like sand on the beach, the brain bears the footprints of the decisions we have made, the skills we have learned, the actions we have taken.”
“Each connection that neuroscientists forged between a neurochemical and a behavior, and that geneticists made between a gene and a behavior, dealt another blow to the notion of an efficacious will. The discoveries paint[ed] an image of individuals as automatons, slaves to their genes or their neurotransmitters, and with no more free will than a child's radio-controlled car. [But] because neuroplasticity and the power of mind and mental training effect changes in the very structure and function of our brain, free will and moral responsibility become meaningful in a way that they have not been for some time in the scientific West.”
“The conscious act of thinking about one's thoughts in a different way changes the very brain circuits that do that thinking ...”
Sharon Begley, U.S. scientist, journalist