Theoretically speaking, driving a car is a great pleasure. In practice it can turn out differently. On long routes you get lazy listening to the continual hum of the engine and the wind whistling. You get sleepy from the flashing film shots out your side windows and the ever-broadening perspective of the horizon, drawing you in like a tunnel. After a couple of hours’ drive, every mile you conquer, fighting off sleep, grows terrifically long. The thought you keep trying to suppress, of that wonderful moment when you could close your eyes, is like a tempting forbidden fruit; and you know too, at the back of your mind, that it’s also the harbinger of oncoming disaster.

And at last in a fraction of a second of sudden sleep, so desired and undesired, with equal suddenness there comes the thought: I have to pull over right now. Anywhere, no matter what, just for a minute…and then your heart calms down and your body is immersed in blissful peace, and the theory that expectation is more pleasant than fulfillment is soundly disproven.

Now your closed eyes don’t send the brain fully into sleep, but you’re not awake, either. One eyelid lifts and lets you watch the world around you, while your closed eye allows a tiny bit of that lovely regenerating sleep. Half asleep, half awake, your personality split, this strange state now quiets, now rouses your mind.

And here an unexpected flash of creative genius reveals a Nobel Prize-worthy vision: and what if we turned the world’s most brilliant minds to the task of improving the human brain so that this „hard drive”, already divided into two parts, could be modified just a little bit more, so that while one hemisphere was actively awake, the other was resting?… and so on like that, taking turns, 24 hours a day?

[Przekład: Saba Litwińska]

Kwi 11, 2020 by