Certain stimulation modalities accentuate mental activity. The function of imagination in the process of fabricating knowledge is central to all experience. Containing an a priori manifold in pure awareness, time is the formal condition that connects all mental representations.
“Now clearly there must be something that is third, something that must be homogeneous with the category, on the one hand, and with the appearance, on the other hand, and that thus makes possible the application of the category to the appearance.” – Immanuel Kant
Trees flew by
Feeling of peace
Zero from outer space
Functioning as a kind of “purposiveness without a purpose,” Kant claims judgments about beauty are disinterested. For him this means humans appreciate beauty without seeking any alternative use. Furthermore, because these judgments of beauty are completely impartial, Kant thinks desire does not factor in the value assessment. Since the individual is not influenced by desire, his opinion must consequently be universal. So a subjective aesthetic response is always considered by the adjudicator to be objectively universal, applying without exception. What is universal here is not the judgment of beauty, but rather the conviction that such a subjective judgment is universal.
“No sound, once made, is ever truly lost. In electric clouds, all are safely trapped, and with a touch, if we find them, we can recapture those echoes of sad, forgotten wars, long summers, and sweet autumns.” – Ray Bradbury
We perceive at most a tiny sliver of reality. Calling conventional wisdom into question, philosophy dissolves support structures by projecting speculative ideas as viable potentialities. Settling on only one possibility is dogmatic, reducing the infinite value inherent in the miracles of existence.
“We may know, too, that some philosophers have denied the reality of movement, while others have denied the reality of everything which is not movement.” – H. Wildon Carr
Relevance to reality
The pure energy of external existence flows together with the force of an inner spirit to unify appearance. Schelling suggests that transcending Form is required in order to gain it again as intelligible, living and truly felt.
“Plastic Art, therefore, evidently stands as a uniting link between the soul and Nature, and can be apprehended only in the living centre of both.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling
Behind an adjacent ridge-line, the setting sun interacts with the horizon. Life on Earth responds biologically to daily solar cycles.
“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.” – George Harrison
From the margins
Days gone forever
As the summer transitions toward the fall, a pageant of change dances across the landscape. The arc of looking forward has a major cognitive component in anticipation of the near future.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
More position accuracy
Less momentum precision
Inexact simultaneous values
Derived from quantum mechanics, physical certainty is limited by indeterminacy in extremely small structures. Yet as quantum events do not intervene with the rational mental faculties, most contingent events are overwhelmingly ‘adequately determined.’ The texture and substance of phenomena are stitched together by perception, understanding and reason.
“The estimate of our rational cognition a priori at which we arrive is that it has only to do with phenomena, and that things in themselves, while possessing a real existence, lie beyond its sphere.” – Immanuel Kant
Long lyric line
Styles of the time
For now it is a new, old afternoon. Entangled within natural layers of visual vernacular observance, dreams remain tethered to something antediluvian.
“Well, the future for me is already a thing of the past.” – Bob Dylan
Aesthetics is the act of formulating a desirable harmonic disposition out of a tumultuous environmental manifold. Traditional quantum mechanics contributes by stipulating that a particle has no set of fixed properties until it is observed. As a function of observation, certain properties are randomly determined based on probabilities.
“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” – Niels Bohr
Take a look down
Out from the shadows
Letting in the sunshine
A real point of arrival situates on the banks of an evaporating lake. Squeezed color and provocation contribute to an impression of propitious accord. Sun shining spectacle marks the aspect, as the strength of seeing lies within you.
“Stand on hills of long forgotten yesterdays; pass amongst your memories told returning ways, as certain as we walk today.” – Jon Anderson