Thursday, May 28, 2015


I thought of a dream related by Leibniz, in which he found himself at a great height overlooking the world--with provinces, towns, lakes, fields, villages, hamlets, all spread beneath him. If he wished to see a single person--a peasant tilling, an old woman washing clothes--he had only to direct and concentrate his gaze: "I needed no telescope except my attention."

Oliver Sacks, "Bull on a Mountain," from A Leg to Stand On

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