Remembering the future from an accumulated past temporal position, consciousness organizes experience to counter the effects of entropy. This works because we can image the universe as part of something else. Flowing through time, the present marks the creative boundary.
“We who draw do so not only to make something visible to others, but also to accompany something invisible to its incalculable destination.” – John Berger
Ground of things
Existence seems like an infinite regress, as being in time is dependent on thought processes. To know anything is to place objects of thought into relationships with other objects of thought, which in turn are only known by their apparent relationships, and so on. Although the desire to know can never be abandoned, it remains unfinalizable.
“While in our existence our consciousness as such distinguishes one existence from another and we deal with contents, the total content of consciousness as such can be distinguished only from something that is not accessible to our understanding.” – Karl Jaspers
Beyond the range
At the speed of light, psychedelic neural pathways illuminate awareness in the night.
“I entitle transcendental all knowledge which is occupied not so much with objects as with the mode of our knowledge of objects insofar as this mode of knowledge is to be possible a priori.” – Immanuel Kant
Independent words outside of syntagmatic arrangements have an unlimited potential for association. In this regard, a synchronic language investigation addresses language and/or allied components considered as fixed incidents existing at a singular moment of time. Alternatively, a diachronic language investigation opens-up a language’s development over evolutionary time.
“Language is a system of interdependent terms in which the value of each term results solely from the simultaneous presence of the others.” – Ferdinand De Saussure
Aesthetic creation pursued without end, it is through durational experience that understanding deepens. Repeated visits to the same venue can stimulate perpetual growth. Time and space are relational rather than fixed, with reason able to contemplate their confines.
“A continual coming and going is necessary between nature and mind.” – Henri Bergson
The necessary conditions of existence constitute a realm of speculative investigation, with actions based on inductive choice. Anticipating relationships between events and objects, we function not just as passive spectators but also as active participants. In good faith, we construct freedom parameters within the perceived uniformity of nature.
“All synthetic principles a priori are nothing more than principles of possible experience and can never be referred to things in themselves, but only to appearances as objects of experience.” – Immanuel Kant
Reason seeks increasingly abstract levels of generality to explicate existence as belonging to an integrated and organized system. By making inferences and identifying the grounds behind every truth, thoughts move from the particular-contingent to the global-universal.
“The idea helps self-consciousness assert its sovereignty.” – Mikhail Bakhtin
Establishing order out of appearances, humans apprehend only in the manner that their biological structure makes possible. Within such limitations, aesthetic enjoyment enhances the value of metaphysical speculation, even as certainty is not a logical part of the formulation.
“To be sure, every striving is by its nature a striving after the realization of its end.” – Theodor Lipps
If everything is part of a singular universal unity, then all the infinite component particulars appear unstable. Fully integrated into the given environment, the aesthetic response is a function of movement and change.
“The fundamental cleavage of subject and object signifies that only subject and object together make knowledge possible.” – Karl Jaspers
Stipulation sets comprising a fundamental infrastructure exist partly in exterior actual space and partly in interior psychological space. On the situational border, aesthetics validates the power and practicality of the unverifiable.
“Perception is a continuum, a precipitation of event fragments decaying in time.” – Victor Burgin