Series of stages
In affirming the cause and denying the effect, Leibniz maintains that space and time are only confused mental constructs. Kant agrees that space and time are not absolute external objects, but rather are fundamental conceptions that make external perception possible. Although causes and effects can only be inferred through experience, certainty is never much more than a probability assessment.
“Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop.” – Haruki Murakami
In a synthesized experiential representation, aesthetics investigates the conditions of possibility. In full appreciation of its implications, light is the external force that connects together the objects of visual perception.
“One is born with forces that one did not contrive. One lives by giving form to these forces. The forms one gets from the others.” – Alphonso Lingis
Felt in light
Philosophically a concept is a mental abstraction that generalizes and extends knowledge from some familiar memory objects to others unknown. It amalgamates two or more particulars into a singular mental aggregate. Attempting to conceive of non-conceptual thinking is unavoidably conceptual. Nevertheless, non-conceptual cognition shapes an important aspect of aesthetic processing.
“Perceptual experiences have a richer phenomenological character than one’s conceptual resources need allow.” – Michael Martin
Our intellectual essence is spiritual and distinct from the senses. Yet, according to Aristotle, nothing is found in the intellect that does not originating in sensation. Abstract spiritual illumination manifests in internal mental powers drawn from the senses.
“And this very process of illumination is unknown to us, it takes place in the unconscious; and often these very images, without which there is no thought, remain also unconscious or scarcely perceived in the process, at least for the most part.” – Jacques Maritain
How it rolls
Nature attempts to restore the unreclaimable.
“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Elated grey day
Push the limits
Lost in thought
Cloudy days at the beach are often most remunerative. The degree of enhancement is subtlety refined but can be significant.
“In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.” – Henry David Thoreau
Considering the glance from a temporal perspective, it is neither determined by the past nor completely independent of this past. Instead, the glance is a continuous regeneration of the preceding. Surfaces rapidly glanced are perceived in terms both of the depths that they envelop and the larger gestalt wholes that they comprise. In this forward attentive position, the glace is internally directed as much as outwardly directed.
“Attentiveness is not a static matter; it is always evolving, following the lead of felt sense as this sense evolves in its own vagaries–not so as to incorporate it but so as to pay more nuanced and respectful attention to it.” – Edward S. Casey
Raw data field stimulus
Conceptual issue generalization
Abstract coherent state
As a learned experience, intuition only works with regularities and requires practice to develop anticipation. If there are no regularities upon which to base reaction then there is no intuition. For this reason, long-range future predictions are not intuitively possible.
“Imagination contrasts with sensation as something active with something passive, something we do with something we undergo, something under our control with something we cannot help, a making with a receiving.” – R. G. Collingwood
In contact with aesthetic associations, wavelength and intensity distinctions of electromagnetic radiation dominate a summer sunset at Hazel Hill Lake. The elaboration of natural style succeeds so far as to make meaning transparent. Seeing through meaning helps pure consciousness reach evident understanding.
“That what is beautiful is harmonious and proportionable; what is harmonious and proportionable is true; and what is at once both beautiful and true, is, of consequence, agreeable and good.” – Anthony Ashley Cooper
My apparent purpose as an embodied agent in the world is to seek aesthetic harmony by existence accord in an aware mental state of wonderment. This way of being involves both conscious and unconscious processes tapping reason and emotion.
“The phenomenologist studies perception, not as a purely subjective phenomenon, but as it is lived through by a perceiver who is in the world, and who is also an embodied agent with motives and purposes.” – Dan Zahavi