"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Re: The spotlight of attention is more like a strobe, say researchers

The issue of perception as a discrete phenomenon has far reaching consequences. In the revolutionary mathematical work of Bernhard Riemann's Hypothesen, the distinction of a discrete versus a continuous manifold was paramount. It is the human imagination that projects continuity in spatial relationships. This is a unique quality of the human mind that is at the basis of a principle of universal communication. The ability to conceive of a concrete infinity that subsumes the discrete is central to our creative power. That is the true source of scientific progress.

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