The inner workings of the brain are something I can only contemplate given my severely limited knowledge.
It must be like some kind of machine.
I heard someone speculate once that there must be programs which can "crash" the brain, just as there as programs which can "crash" a computer.
I wonder what such a program would be like?
There is an image which keeps re-appearing to me again and again, in several guises:
The lego constructions I used to build when I was very young: the elaborate manipulation of the bricks, followed swiftly by near inevitable destruction or implosion.
Numerous colonies of bacteria in a plate, consuming agar, reproducing themselves into oblivion.
A panel from the comic "Peanuts" when Linus spends a long time carefully molding a soap replica of a Navy clipper, only to see his creation obliterated by his sister Lucy.
Things arisen, things consumed, things destroyed.
And this visage repeats over, and over, and over.
What do I make of it?
I think that is a question for all of us.
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