Mind Works

A quotation from a quotation. Vika Zafrin posting to Humanist and asking about references to "associative thinking". She quotes from Vannevar Bush "As We May Think"

With one item in its grasp, [the mind] snaps instantly to the next that is
suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate
web of trails carried by the cells of the brain. It has other
characteristics, of course; trails that are not frequently followed are
prone to fade, items are not fully permanent, memory is transitory. Yet the
speed of action, the intricacy of trails, the detail of mental pictures, is
awe-inspiring beyond all else in nature.

Humanist 16.312 (November 2002)

And so for day 593