The Brain Is Wider Than The Sky Essay

912 Words Oct 21st, 2015 4 Pages
Martha Nussbaum poses the question, “What activities characteristically performed by human beings are so central that they seem definitive of the a life that is truly human?" (Nussbaum) While this may be a simple question, it evokes an interesting thought for the mind to wander on. Socrates, Freud, and Emerson are all people to explore this notion in great depth. What is the meaning of life? What are we as humans truly capable of? Is there a limit to the possibilities of man? Scientists, Philosophers, Poets, Scholars, and many others have dedicated their lives to trying to decode the answer behind questions similar to these. Throughout the course of many poems, Emily Dickinson presents human understanding as boundless, yet limited. Inside Dickinson’s “The Brain is Wider than the Sky”, it becomes quite evident that Dickinson believed human understanding to be something that is boundless. It has been questioned by many philosophers, and even neurologists, what the meaning behind Dickinson’s “The Brain is Wider than the Sky” really is. While many of the scientists believe it has to do with the physical capabilities of our brain, Evan Thompson believes there to be more of an insight to the metaphysical capabilities of our brain. In his article, “Although Dickinson uses “brain” to stand for “mind,” she doesn’t equate them in a reductionist way; rather, she uses something tangible—the brain as a physical organ—to indicate something intangible—the power of thought to envision the…

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