"Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted."
“We persist in thinking of the brain as a centralized, rigidified, mechanical organization, and of the mechanical itself as a brain reduced to the work of calculation. Perhaps, as I have said, this is because plasticity is precisely the form of our world and because we are so immersed in it, so constituted by it, that we experience it without either thinking it or being conscious of it. We do this to such an extent that we no longer see that it structures our lives and sketches a certain portrait of power. We find here the poetical and aesthetic force that is the fundamental, organizing attribute of plasticity: its power to configure the world.” - Malabou p 39