The Luzhin Defense by Vladimir Nabokov

Another terrific read by Nabokov, I have yet to be disappointed by his novels. This one follows a chess player, but you don't have to know a single thing about how to play chess in order to enjoy it. It's more about the mental states, and how imagining all the possible outcomes in a game …

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Which world is the dream world…

What does your mind do while you're away? Could your dream world be more important and enriching than waking life? Our days so often seem like meaningless survival, as if our consciousness is just a way to keep us eating and procreating, the same way a section of our brain keeps our hearts beating and …

Trees look like nervous systems

Naked trees, especially in the fog, make me think of nervous systems. They are kind of creepy looking if you think of it that way. The roots could be nerves too, though we don't see them. Branches are kind of like air-roots. The tree we see above ground is a mirror of the roots below... …

Conspiracies… :o

I've started reading Foucault's Pendulum, which appears to be about a group of editors who create a conspiracy for fun, but then end up believing in it themselves. I'm just at the beginning of it, but already the type of mind to create and believe in complicated conspiracies is captured very well in the narrator. …

Thought is a luxury we should not take for granted.

Sometimes we all feel like we have no time to relax and think. But imagine for a moment a field worker or a miner or any other manual laborer, living just a couple centuries ago. Such a person probably didn't know how to read, or not how to read for enjoyment. They worked day all …

Proust: Rambling thoughts, or more?

I've started listening to my first Proust, and it's not very engaging. It is interesting though. Mainly I'm thinking "this guy is just going on about inane memories that can have no importance to anyone other than himself, and yet this is a classic." I think that goes to show that you really can write …

Power causes brain damage

This article explains a lot about current situations in some governments... I wonder if this could be prevented in anyway... there always has to be some people in power. Though some seem to handle it better than others. It is depressing that even such a small amount of power has a measurable effect. If I …