In fiction, while some characters are ‘two-dimensional’, others seem to have real ‘depth’. They can, indeed, assume in our imagination, a vividness that may equal, or even exceed, that of some of our living acquaintances. We may attribute them with attitudes and beliefs that go far beyond the printed page. Yet such apparent depth is, of course, an illusion: there are no facts about Anna Karenina’s life, save what Tolstoy gives us; no hidden motives lurking between the lines.
The shocking truth is that the behaviour of real people is no different. There are the facts of what people say and what they do; and these, like the lines of a novel, can conjure up a compelling depth – of underlying motivations, beliefs and attitudes from which people’s behaviour appears to emerge. However, as for fictional characters, so with real people: the sense that behaviour is merely the surface of a vast sea, immeasurably deep and teeming with inner motives, beliefs and desires whose power we can barely sense is a conjuring trick played by our own minds. The truth is not that the depths are empty, or even shallow; but that the surface is all there is.
We are fictional characters, in stories of our own invention.
Excerpt from the MOOC 'The Mind is Flat'
© Warwick Business School, the University of Warwick
The Internet has been shown to increase transactive memory, which is sort of a meta-memory of where to find information, like, I no longer remember my birthday so I google it.
It's a funny old world
Full of headaches in turn
So whenever you need space
I guess it's okay
When you're floating away
To feel nothing at all
We can be astronauts
If you want to… get out of here
One eskimO - Astronauts
It’s so right it's wrong
but you fill me up
All my troubles gone
for just as long
as you fill me up
Music quenches my thirst
My inhibitions start to melt
You make me feel
The best I ever felt
I believe in something
I’m keeping something
A picture of my friends
that will stay with me forever
even when our moment ends
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