September 14, 2006

Ed School Tenure

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn’t need its brain anymore so it eats it! (It’s rather like getting tenure.)
(Daniel Dennett, Consciousness Explained, p177)

2 comments:

rightwingprof said...

Snort! You should have put a warning on that -- my keyboard is covered with coffee!

Catherine Johnson said...

hey!

wait a minute!

I remember that passage being in LeDoux's book!