Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist Quotes.

1. "It was only as a mature man that I became mortal. The visceral insight of my end came to me abruptly more than a dozen years ago. I had wasted an entire evening playing an addictive, firstperson shooter video game that belonged to my teenage son—running through eerily empty halls, flooded corridors, nightmarishly twisting tunnels, and empty plazas under a foreign sun, emptying my weapons at hordes of aliens pursuing me relentlessly. I went to bed late and, as always, fell asleep easily. I awoke abruptly a few hours later. Knowledge had turned to certainty —I was going to die! Not right there and then, but someday. ... My interpretation of this queer event is that all the killing in the video game triggered unconscious thoughts about the annihilation of the self. These processes produced sufficient anxiety that my cortico-thalamic complex woke up on its own, without any external trigger. At that point, self-consciousness lit up and was confronted with its mortality."
- Christof Koch, Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist

2. "Humanity is not condemned to wander forever in an epistemological fog, knowing only the surface appearance of things but never their true nature."
- Christof Koch, Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist

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