“Conscious mental life is based entirely on the making of memories. It is a constant review of stories that were lived in the past and possible stories that have been invented for the future. By necessity, most of them adjust to the current real world in the best way that our senses can process them, which are very small. Memories of past events are recovered for pleasure, by way of rehearsal, to plan, or any combination of these three. Some of the memories mutate, becoming abstractions and metaphors, higher generic units that increase the speed and effectiveness of the conscious process”.
Edward O. Wilson, “The Meaning of Human Existence” (2014).
*(Picture: a visual tribute to this american biologist recognized as the world's leading authority on ants).