Analysis Of The Attic Of The Brain By Lewis Thomas

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Lewis Thomas explains in his essay, “The Attic of the Brain,” that humans store their memories because they have a strong emotional connection with their past experiences or relationships. Memories accumulate in the “the tissues of the house” to remind people of their pleasant or disagreeable experiences. “The tissues of the house” is a metaphor of the complex human brain. Since the intricate structure of the human brain is enclosed by large, folded tissues, the memories are constantly flooding the mind with a mixture of significant and inconsiderable recollection. People can visualize the microscopic tissues with an equipment, while humans continue to analyze the meaning of their thoughts. Altogether, the carefully designed structure of the …show more content…
The complex structure of dust is used as a metaphor to explain that people have distinctive and complicated minds filled with unique memories. The collection of vibrant images of dust shown in Pichler’s art project allows his audience to see the dust ball as a whole, showing different waste accumulates over time. The remnants from the floor fill the compacted dust ball, just as each memory adds value to the collection “stored in the tissues of the house” (75). People store their memories and possessions in the attic while dust attaches to the surface of each article. Eventually, dust accumulates at the “open, openly acknowledged and displayed” surface and generates in the concealed, tight spaces in the attic signifying that new thoughts are constantly flooding the brain, while the old thoughts are gradually appearing in the mind (75). Therefore, the dust in the “tissues of the house” cannot be removed entirely, since dust continues to accumulate, and past memories keep appearing in our thoughts. Lewis Thomas explains that people attempt to eliminate their old possessions by “finally paying around fifty dollars an hour to have them carted off,” meaning that humans unclutter their thoughts with the help of a psychiatrist (76). Psychiatrists help people analyze their thoughts or feelings; however,