‘When the real demonstration came he had us walk on stage, and he hypnotized us in front of the whole Princeton Graduate College. This time the effect was stronger; I guess I had learned how to become hypnotized. The hypnotist made various demonstrations, having me do things that I couldn’t normally do, and at the end he said that after I came out of hypnosis,instead of returning to my seat directly, which was the natural way to go, I would walk all the way around the room and go to my seat from the back. All through the demonstration I was vaguely aware of what was going on, and cooperating with the things the hypnotist said, but this time I decided, “Damn it, enough is enough! I’m gonna go straight to my seat.” When it was time to get up and go off the stage, I started to walk straight to my seat. But then an annoying feeling came over me: I felt so uncomfortable that I couldn’t continue. I walked all the way around the hall.’
‘So I found hypnosis to be a very interesting experience. All the time you’re saying to yourself, “I could do that, but I won’t” — which is just another way of saying that you can’t.’
——- Richard Feynman, “Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman”
‘I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.’
——— Sherlock Holmes, “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone” by A.C. Doyle.