Category Archives: Nature

Laws of Nature

Philosophical question
Widely associated
Profound gulf

Two opposing metaphysical theories of the Laws of Nature distinguish our view of reality. The Regularity Theory positions the Laws of Nature as statements of the uniformities or regularities in reality. In this sense, they are only descriptions of existence. Conversely, the Necessitarian Theory claims that the Laws of Nature are principles that govern natural phenomena. In this capacity, the natural world obeys the Laws of Nature. Kant appears to hold that a law of nature is not a contingent regularity, but is distinguished by a kind of necessity. We cannot have empirical knowledge of such laws because we can only have knowledge of necessity where we can have a priori knowledge.

“For concerning things in themselves and the determinations that they have as such, one cannot have insight into why because something, A, is posited, something else, B, must necessarily also be posited.” – Immanuel Kant

Universal Grace

Abstract epitome
Forms radically alike
Even unique

On a hike in the Pacific Northwest, nature is appreciated as inward and outward senses are mutually adjusted. The subsequent production of artwork throws a light upon the mystery of the world.

“The beauty of nature re-forms itself in the mind, and not for barren contemplation, but for new creation.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bask in the Sun

Series of stages
Mystical discipline
Suddenly attained

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

Efficient Causes

Shifting communication
Collision between
Distinct entities

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

Representative Passage

Reasoning response
Adjunction space
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

Illuminating Intellect

Necessity pressure
Ambiguous indications
Potential intelligibility

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

Ocean Rebuff

How it rolls
Refuse secrets
Emission Force

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

Three Pelicans

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

Infinitely Transcendent

Ecological enclosure
Sublime upsurge
Massively given

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

Sand Patterns

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