After watching a human mind “boot up,” I do think I understand us a little better. I definitely understand parents better.

It’s amazing how quickly she learned to respond to images. Watching movies and TV was something that she had down almost from birth. I guess it’s not amazing that we made an object that conforms to our instincts. But she learned to recognize herself and her loved ones in still photographs with a speed that I found nearly alarming.

The image-based portion of our brains is so powerful. So powerful, and so far from our control. It is literally true that you can influence, control, and program the mind with images alone; after all, that’s what writing is.