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Thought Incarnate

When a single neuron fires, it is an isolated chemical blip. When many fire together, they form a thought.

From Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain, by Sara Chodosh
How big is a thought?
A neuron is between 10-25 micrometers.
If 100 fire at once, about 2500 micrometers of brain tissue are at work.                                           
How much does the theory of gravity weigh?
How many neurons fired while giving the Sermon on the Mount? Or drawing the first Superman comic?
Can’t you fit the brain matter that gave us Pride and Prejudice into a tiny tube? 
Once you have a thought, you can communicate it: with your voice, gestures, writing.
Still, hardly any heft helps transmit those impulses. 

We live in a materialistic world. We value what we can see. Or touch. Usually, the bigger the better.. 
Omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent – children learn god is as large as the universe.
A greater miracle – how minute our mind’s mechanisms to imagine that immensity.

For April 12, write a poem about something small.


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