A hand (representing brain) holding a string attached to a kite (the mind) provides an instructive metaphor for the relation of brain to mind. When the string is short, the kite's direction is under the control of the hand. But as the string becomes longer there comes a moment when, in a stiff breeze, the hand loses control and the kite determines how the hand moves.

source: Jerome Kagan, An Argument for Mind, 219 tags: Soul, Neuroscience