The Elephant and
the Blind Men
Various Approaches to the
Brain and Behavior ...
Sleep Efficiency and Naps
We human beings are, according to some, examples of an accident of nature: organisms imbued through the eons of evolutionary time with the "chance" of self-awareness and its accoutrements. As a result, and accompanying this unrequested ability to comprehend, we experience that most wonderful of human assets, the drive to master our circumstances. If one seriously considers the bases for these intricate phenomena on anything other than a mystical level of discourse, one must be in awe of the complexity involved, the wonderful intricacy by which these extraordinary events are brought about.
And depending on our starting point and frame of reference, we will each describe the same intricacy somewhat differently, like the blind men, each describing the elephant from his own particular and circumscribed tactile vantage point. Our probing and increasingly deeper exploration of the mysteries of human behavior do not merely entail peeling layer after layer off the problem, like the concentric layers of an onion, until we reach some inner core of truth. Rather, it is more like peeling multiple onions while
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Publication information: Book title: Sleep and Its Secrets:The River of Crystal Light. Contributors: Michael S. - Author, Aronoff - Author. Publisher: Plenum Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1991. Page number: 65.
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