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The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful.
    —    Dr. C. D. Broad
…Each one of us is potentially Mind at large.  But in so far as we are animals, our business is at all costs to survive.  To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funneled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system.  What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet.  To formulate and express the contents of this reduced awareness, man has invented and endlessly elaborated those symbol-systems and implicit philosophies which we call languages.  Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born — the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people’s experiences, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things.
    —    Aldous Huxley
From his book:  “The Doors of Perception
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If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.
    —    William Blake
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Disaster is rarely as pervasive as it seems from recorded accounts.  The fact of being on the record makes it appear continuous and ubiquitous whereas it is more likely to have been sporadic both in time and place.  Besides, persistence of the normal is usually greater than the effect of the disturbance, as we know from our own times.  After absorbing the news of today, one expects to face a world consisting entirely of strikes, crimes, power failures, broken water mains, stalled trains, school shutdowns, muggers, drug addicts, neo-Nazis, and rapists.  The fact is that one can come home in the evening — on a lucky day — without having encountered more than one or two of these phenomena.  This has led me to formulate Tuchman’s Law, as follows: “The fact of being reported multiplies the apparent extent of any deplorable development by five – to tenfold” (or any figure the reader would care to supply).
    —    Barbara Tuchman
From her book: “A Distant Mirror
[Unless the reporting is done by Fox (“Faux”) News, in which case the equation is: Reality == 0.  Note to readers: There is a substantial difference between reporting bias in the news and reporting falsehoods (aka lying).    —    KMAB]
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