It’s odd the tricks that one’s brain can play on them. Example. The other week I was out for my morning constitutional, pondering this-and-that, particularly in regard to something I read ages ago (paraphrasing) “an arsehole is someone who insists that every social interaction occurs on their terms”. By analogy to a King in chess and no doubt more influenced by the fact I’d been listening to the odd Nailbomb song lately, I hit upon the odd phrase “Space Control Guerrillas”.
Fast forward a day or two and there’s Tim Peake on the news being chased round the ISS by an authentic apeman. My brain is half-convinced that the odd phrase I came up with and the gorilla video are somehow connected, I mean how could they not be? Certainly if this were a film or novel, rather than real life, there’d definitely be a connection, right? That Space Gorilla is taking over!
I blame my brain for coincidences like these because when it comes to the distinction between mind and body, I put the organ “the brain” firmly on the body side, and try to distinguish things which arise from the meat-of-me as opposed to that which is mind-made. “Oho,” say you, “but isn’t the latter also a function of your physical body, unless by ‘mind’ you mean ‘soul’. Did you mean to use the S-word?” And so rather than concede the existence of a supernatural spirit which moves me (at least in those terms) I instead admit that my conception of mind/body separation is incredibly woolly and wouldn’t work well as a D&D mechanic or explanation of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure let alone touch upon a proper model of human psychology.
tl;dr – anyone else’s brains or apes playing tricks on them recently?