Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023586, Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:01:19 -0500

Re: Centaur in Ada

In a message dated 14/01/2013 23:39:15 GMT Standard Time,
skylark1970@MAIL.RU writes:

Since human brain resembles a walnut, this quote seems relevant: the human
brain can become the best torture house of all those it has invented,
established and used in millions of years, in millions of lands, on millions of
howling creatures. (Ada, 1.3)

Alexey Sklyarenko

Even the clear-thinking VN could apparently become confused. This is not
the only occasion he wrote like this about "the brain". Did he realise that
he was writing metaphorically, and that no "human brain" has ever invented,
established, used or tortured anything or anybody, just as no pocket
calculator has ever calculated, no typewriter has ever written, and no
(non-human) computer has ever computed? Only people can do those things.

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