the historic flow

The brain is adapted to the river of knowledge and its many currents and tributaries, and it exists as a creature of that river the way a trout exists in a stream.  Our thoughts are profoundly molded by this long historic flow, and none of us exists, self-made, in isolation from it.  So even a newborn possesses this rich legacy, and is built to absorb more, and to contribute back to this long current.  [The Social Animal by David Brooks]

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