“…your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules,” page 200
“…the self/nonself distinction provides the basis for consciousness,” page 216.
Who am I when I am not you?
Because I am neurons and fibres different
But when you leave where do I go?
Am I gone? But I am different.
I feel hollow. I search and I search
To fill this hollow space inside my chest
My head, my heart, but
You are gone and the hole is there
It is what I have.
I am gone. I feel gone. Where do I find myself
When I am alone?
You find me, put me back
Tell me who to be. But now
You are gone and I am alone.
I am gone, gone, gone
Where the goblins go,
Or the cobwebs the lonely
Toys in the attic,
The soul discarded to dust.