Substance Quotes

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Soul or Spirit is not a mystic substance inside body, it is Mind - various symbols, different kind of information and so on that emerge and accumulate due to the Brain activity. Mind is formed by Brain activity in concrete spatio-temporal conditions, it is not given outside by some supernatural beings, but later that Brain activity itself is controlled or can be controlled by that Mind. By controlling the symbols and information in Mind you can affect what is going in your Brain. In that context the essential fact is how your Brain interprets the information that comes through input signals from external world. The amazing thing is that the information that comes through input signals both forms your Mind and are interpreted under the control of that Mind. Ignoring the fact that Mind is formed by Brain activity and it can completely be object of scientific research, mystical-religious thought distinguishes it from Brain as an independent substance and considers it the subject of all cognitive and emotional activity, that is, for that mysticism sees and feels only some mental independent substance inside body, which also can be named as Soul or Spiritual Self, but Brain is only technical apparatus receiving and sending information to that mental substance. That is why this substance can exist without Brain (or Body) and even when you are dead, your Mind (or Spiritual Self) will continue its existence. The fundamental difference between the mystical mental states that mystical-religious thought speculates around and real Mind which is the object of rational thought and science is that unlike Spiritual Self your Mind has got definite neural basis, that is, each symbol and any piece of information in your Mind is contained by concrete neurons in your Brain in strict sense of term. Therefore there is no mysticism there and the rational thought can grasp it completely.

Elmar Hussein
If, by the virtue of charity or the funded Ennet House, you will acquire many exotic new facts. You will find out that once MA's Department of Social Services has taken a mother's children away for any period of time, they can always take them away again, D.S.S., like at will, empowered by nothing more than a certain signature-stamped form. I.e. once deemed Unfit- no matter why or when, or what's transpired in the meantime- there's nothing a mother can do.(...)That a little-mentioned paradox of Substance addiction is: that once you are sufficiently enslaved by a Substance to need to quit the Substance in order to save your life, the enslaving Substance has become so deeply important to you that you will all but lose your mind when it is taken away from you. Or that sometime after your Substance of choice has just been taken away from you in order to save your life, as you hunker down for required A.M. and P.M. prayers , you will find yourself beginning to pray to be allowed literally to lose your mind, to be able to wrap your mind in an old newspaper or something and leave it in an alley to shift for itself, without you.(...)That certain persons simply will not like you no matter what you do. Then that most nonaddicted adult civilians have already absorbed and accepted this fact, often rather early on.(...)That evil people never believe they are evil, but rather that everyone else is evil. That it is possible to learn valuable things from a stupid person. That it takes effort to pay attention to any one stimulus for more than a few seconds.(...)That it is statistically easier for low-IQ people to kick an addiction than it is for high-IQ people.(...)That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.(...)That most Substance -addicted people are also addicted to thinking, meaning they have a compulsive and unhealthy relationship with their own thinking. That the cute Boston AA term for addictive -type thinking is: Analysis-Paralysis. That 99% of compulsive thinkers' thinking is about themselves; that 99% of this self-directed thinking consists of imagining and then getting ready for things that are going to happen to them; and then, weirdly, that if they stop to think about it, that 100% of the things they spend 99% of their time and energy imagining and trying to prepare for all the contingencies and consequences of are never good.(...)That other people can often see things about you that you yourself cannot see, even if those people are stupid.(...)That certain sincerely devout and spiritually advanced people believe that the God of their understanding helps them find parking places and gives them advice on Mass. Lottery numbers.

David Foster Wallace
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