Here is this three-pound mass of jelly you can hold in the palm of your hand, and it can contemplate the vastness of interstellar space. It can contemplate the meaning of infinity and it can contemplate itself contemplating on the meaning of infinity.

Vilayanur Ramachandran

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“3 Clues to Understanding Your Brain.” TED2007. Mar. 2007. Conference Presentation.

Source: "3 Clues to Understanding Your Brain." TED2007. Mar. 2007. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote from neurologist Vilayanur Ramachandran is about the human brain. Ramachandran is marveling at the fact that this physical object that can be held in the palm of one's hand can think about abstract concepts such as outer space and the idea of infinity (endlessness), and even be aware of itself as it thinks about infinity. The quote is from Ramachandran's 2007 TED Talk on what brain damage can tell us about the human brain. Watch the full TED Talk here: Vilayanur Ramachandran - 3 Clues to Understanding Your Brain