"Just as a novelist creates a novel, a person creates a sense of being..."
"Just as a novelist creates a novel, a person creates a sense of being. The self is simply our work of art, created by the brain in order to make sense of its own disunity. In a world made of fragments, the self is our sole 'theme, recurring, half remembered, half foreseen.' If it didn't exist, then nothing would exist. We would be a brain full of characters, hopelessly searching for an author."