Having a rare opportunity to exercise a recursive gaze from a privileged position, the observer observes. All sensation is for the purpose of information acquisition, a process of external detection modulated by structural integrity. Asking questions about natural phenomena, hypothesizing explanations, and predicting logical consequences, all rapidly transpire.
“The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.” – Johannes Kepler
Sometimes the other is a manifestation of oneself. Along the way, the shadowself finds a geometrical ground pattern for identity integration, stimulating unity-of-consciousness thoughts. At any juncture, separate sensations manifest as aspects of a single awareness experience.
“You’re hungry for the infinite and the infinite is hungry for you.” – Rob Brezsny
Be seen by others
Extensively intensive, the multiplicity of phenomena coalesces into amalgamated subjective consciousness. Passing by life passing by, movement upon movement is observed from the active means of transportation. Subtlety of sensation increases distinction awareness.
“We necessarily express ourselves by means of words and we usually think in terms of space.” – Henri Bergson
Perpetually positioned outside of things, humans seem unable to penetrate into their inner nature. We are structurally restricted to sensation, perception and cognition when seeking objective knowledge. Thus advancing beyond phenomenon is near impossible. The only potential mechanism of knowing what things-are-in-themselves is through creative imagination and its sibling intuition, which is pre-aware imagination.
“Confronted by empirical reality, we are like soldiers besieging a castle who have sought endlessly and in vain to find a way of penetrating its walls, and whose only hope, whether they realize it or not, lies in a different mode of entry, a tunnel that will bring them up inside the fortress without penetrating the walls at all.” – Bryan Magee
Momentarily visiting a popular destination concurrent with elephantine crowds, all aggressively competing for position, conformist mass tourism is a very strange phenomenon. So is cultural value assessment.
“Mona Lisa only has eyes for me. There is no other….. and what is extraordinary, if a dozen others crowd into this room, each one will feel the same. Each person who looks at her becomes the only person in her world.” – R. A. Scotti
Early morning light
From the air, I contemplate extensive human environmental modification as a natural phenomenon. Analogous to other ecology-engineering organisms (earthworms, beavers, gophers, termites, etc.) we physically modify elements of the planet’s ecosystem to further both our species-interest and our self-interest. Characteristically human engineering affects previous occupants of an area harmfully. Is this natural activity exploitive?
“The most intimate part of nature in relation to man is the biosphere, the thin envelope embracing the earth, its soil cover, and everything else that is alive.” – Alexander Spirkin
Degrees in spatiality
Coincidence of matter
An external world must exist into which a physical object operates. Yet necessarily all understanding intuitively emanates from within the mind of the subject. Curiously, interactions and influences can cause internal and external affects on these seemingly disparate realms. Functioning as an exchange medium in-between polarity, some duality concepts are difficult to transcend.
“The events of the future cannot be inferred from those of the present. Superstition is the belief in the causal nexus.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
Point of view
Pattern recognition, which is an organization of form, becomes critical in the human process of constructing knowledge. This occurs not only as establishment of a singular recurrent feature, but also as conjoint sets or blocks of features. Perceptual repetition is what enables conceptual cognition. Given the importance of associating repeated sensual elements, it seems this capacity for mental organization critically affects understanding of things-as- they-may-be.
“We have no future because our present is too volatile. We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios. Pattern recognition.” – William Gibson
Requirements of reason
Conscious thought processes such as perception, imagination, memory, affect, and motivation are also functioning below awareness. The conscious mind operates in attentiveness while the pre-aware mind, the largest and most influential component, remains hidden behind a consciousness threshold. These implicit cognitions happening outside of awareness are not available to introspection. Making the inaccessible conscious, mental signals move from a region of higher to a region of lower concentration. Information can cross this selective barrier, which acts like a membrane, allowing the passage of certain cognitive constituents while retaining other cognitive constituents.
“Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.” – Osho
Certainty in abeyance
Reducible to formula
Since antiquity, humanity has felt the need to invent many competing deities. According to Friedrich Nietzsche, religion pretends to protect its gullible worshipers from trepidation over uncertainty, insignificance, and especially mortality. Free and in control of their own destiny, stronger humans need no such dubious comfort. Working within the parameters of a given existence, the good life can be foraged without arbitrary dogma applied.
“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Friedrich Nietzsche