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Click to go the the Whole Brain Atlas MIND, n. --- A mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain.  Its chief activity consists in the endeavor to ascertain its own nature, the futility of the attempt being due to the fact that it has nothing but itself to know itself with.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble.  It's the things we know that just ain't so.
Artemus Ward

As cognitive psychologists, we are interested in a wide domain of inquiry: how people perceive, represent, remember, and use knowledge.
Donald A. Norman and David E. Rumelhart (1975).  Exploration in Cognition.

Thanks to the development of new logical tools, the diverse deployments of the computer, the application of the scientific method to human psychological processes and cultural practices, our deeper and more rigorous understanding of the nature of language, and the many discoveries about the organization and operation of the nervous system, we have attained a more sophisticated grasp on the issues pur forth originally by Plato, Descartes, Kant, and Darwin.
Howard Gardner 1985).  The Mind's New Science.

Learning is a crucial activity in a human culture.  The very existence of a culture depends on the ability of new members to learn sets of skills, norms of behavior, facts, beliefs, and so on.  People create educational institutions devoted to learning and invest a substantial fraction of their resources in them.  They spend a large proportion of their lives not doing, but rather learning to do.  Humans are exceptional in how plastic they are behaviorally; they can learn to live in the world of the Stone Age tribes in New Guinea and in the weightless world of an astronaut orbiting the earth.  Of course, humans have no monopoly on learning.  Primitive creatures are capable of some degree of learning, as are certain computer programs today.  However, the human capacity for learning is unmatched by that of any other living or artificial thing.
John Anderson (1995).  Learning and Memory.

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