Human Brains and All Their Limits

funnyflyby's picture

Today I'm in a mood where I seriously won't go along with anything, and will be willing to debate everything. I've been ruminating on everything that messes up the workings of human minds. There's a quote I heard somewhere, by some famous guy or other, that went something like, "There is no limit to the mind of man." Of all the stupid quotes in the world, this is one of those I disagree with most. Every mind has a limit, and not being able to acknowledge that is a limit in itself. I expressed this opinion to my mother, and she made me promise not to do anything 'unhealthy' to escape from my thoughts. Sheesh. But there are limits. We can't imagine them because of the limits. This'd be the entire point. It's like if you lived your whole life in 2-d, you wouldn't even be capable of imagining anything 3-d. Every mind has a limit, and people should accept that. A person who's been blind from birth can't fully think of seeing something. If there's no exposure, there can't be thoughts of it. Even with exposure, there are simply some things that can't be thought of by humans, whether we like it or not. To deny that would just be showing more limitation. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just the way it is. Nobody could think of everything. They'd go insane. If only humans weren't so proud and could admit it. Does anybody agree with me, or did I psychobabble you into silence?


funnyflyby's picture


I'm so proud.

The Bookworm's picture

Sorry to disillusion you but

Sorry to disillusion you but I actually found that most interesting. Reminded me of A Wrinkle In Time and the talks I've heard on the curvature of space and it's implications for the infinity of space.

funnyflyby's picture


Now I'm all embarrassed... but I'm glad that interests someone other than me! Thank you!

MacAvity's picture

Sheesh indeed. And agreed on

Sheesh indeed. And agreed on other counts, too. Just 'cause man's mind happens to be less limited than any other species's mind, it doesn't not have limits at all.

I like four dimensions, personally. They're explained nicely in the first few pages of H G Wells's 'The Time Traveller.'

And A Wrinkle in Time is so weird. The sequel, even weirder. It's like an 'Inside Ralphie' story, except they go inside someone's cells and talk to his midichloreans. Which happen to take the form of talking mice. That turn into talking trees when they hit puberty. Sheer weirdness.

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I actually did read the 1st part of The Time Traveler, but I lost the darn book and am too embarrassed to ask for another. Yes, A Wrinkle In Time is weird, but I like it... I never read the sequels, though. Maybe I should!