… a 70 years no-claims car insurance bonus!

Sheila Thomson, a spry 105-year old, scratched a parking car last month. Not a big deal for most of us (also happened to me 9 years ago), but quite a drama if that’s your first car accident ever … in 70 years of driving.

She never took a driving test … because they didn’t exist when she took to the roads. Amazing woman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=454542&in_page_id=1770

Via 10 detours in my brain, this reminds me of the fact that I have pretty much no clue, how human memory works. I mean, memories are what defines us. Without them we wouldn’t recognize other people, we wouldn’t recognize ourselves in the mirror, we wouldn’t even remember that we can actually use our body parts.

Something so utterly fundamental, and I don’t have the slightest idea about how it works. (Only that it doesn’t work at all for me with respect to colors or what cloths people wore.) “Something about connections between neurons.” But then I don’t really understand neurons, let alone consciousness. That reminds me that I should read more in “Gödel, Escher, Bach”.

105 years of consciousness. A long chain of infinitesimal sensations and thoughts that define a person. Amazing, that thing called “life”. Doesn’t need a reason to exist. It just “is” – by definition.