The Black Sun

Hammurabi-Marduk

Above the door is a matte black hemisphere about a meter in diameter, set into the front wall of the building. It is the closest thing the place has to decoration. Underneath it, in letters carved into the wall’s black substance, is the name of the place: THE BLACK SUN.

Rod-and-ring symbol

But the conclusion is clear: the brains of higher-level animals autonomously construct patterned responses to environments that are full of novelty. They do not do this the way a computer does — using formal rules governed by explicit, unambiguous instructions or input signals. Once more, with feeling: the brain is not a computer, and the world is not a piece of tape.

Gerald Edelman

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