On the ferry
Perhaps because of infrequent occurrence, the mostly overcast ride on the ferry was very enjoyable. Sometimes the passage of time becomes acute in the variability associated with durational events. An aesthetic state of mind flourishes and distributes.
“She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.” – Holly Black
Tapestry of space
Step at a time
Walking is a great way to exercise the phenomenological method at a leisurely pace. Rather than considering the many objects encountered, rather reflect on the experience of encountering. Situated in time and in space as operative in consciousness, live through the journey with a certain awareness of the experience.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Go on dreaming
Different views of consciousness formed in imagery as considered at Maple Leaf Lake. A distinction reflection, the act of imagination is delightful.
“A reflective consciousness delivers us absolutely certain data; someone who, in an act of reflection, becomes conscious of ‘having an image’ cannot be mistaken.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
Perhaps reasoning primarily involves the application of rules, both invented by perceived pattern repetition and given by cultural norms. But true reality is inconsistent, with a mentally constructed organization working only as an abstract simplification or reduction.
“And there must be simple substances, since there are compounds; for a compound is nothing but a collection or aggregatum of simple things.” – Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
A place apart complete with directional indicator, bright light streams through the concrete canyons in the heart of the cold city.
“One belongs to New York instantly; one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” – Tom Wolfe
Area of knowledge
Firm theoretical basis
When free from the need for absolute certainty, existence becomes much more relaxed. This does not necessarily negate something known to exist or to have happened. It rather means that what is known to exist or comes about may not be everything, or only, what you might think it is.
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius
Process of becoming
Exposed after concealment
An action is something an agent does with an intention. Nodal points of emergence mark demands on awareness cognition, punctuated by interest. We respond to events in ways that relate to our continued aspiration. Free will implies that purpose is not intrinsic.
“An observer’s notion of what is ordered, what is random, and what is complex in its environment depends directly on its computational resources: the amount of raw measurement data, of memory, and of time available for estimation and inference.” – James P. Crutchfield
Habit of contemplating
Seeking to uncover the essence of modern technology, “thrownness” is a philosophical concept employed by Martin Heidegger. Because humans are thrown into the world as it exists, they must act and respond as functioning beings. To maximize action decisions, it is advantageous to know as much about our exterior contingency as possible. This quest for knowledge may be the essential human trait, supported by philosophic and scientific research. In the oldest conventional description, philosophy and science interpenetrated, both referring to a body of knowledge that can be rationally explained and reliably applied. Knowledge applied is technology. However, since approximately the 18th century, science has evolved into a systematic endeavor that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable hypotheses and predictions about existence. In other words, science has become the empirical branch of philosophy. Because decisions as to what problems are worthy for investigation must first be made, value is always in-play. In all cases, the observer appears as a necessary part of the result, the most essential instrument in research. Preconceived ideas can condition the mind to approach problems inflexibly, thereby eliminating fertile potential.
“In science the primary duty of ideas is to be useful and interesting even more than to be ‘true’.” – Wilfred Trotter
Art has the capacity to disclose something about reality, acting as a special conduit to truth. As the first to write a philosophy of art, Schelling was convinced that art has a truth status, in that “all knowledge is founded upon the coincidence of an objective with a subjective,” which are unified through aesthetics. He correlates the objective with nature and the subjective with freedom, and claims that the “basic character of the work of art is that of an unconscious infinity,” a synthesis of nature and freedom. Heidegger is also vested in this proposition as described in his theories of unconcealment and enframing. Each aesthetic interpretation may disclose a characteristic of existence, but at the same time it hides other actuality aspects. To the extent that aesthetics is able to expose that which was otherwise concealed, art is supreme.
“We seek [art] essence in the actual work. The actuality of the work has been defined by that which is at work in the work, by the happening of truth.” – Martin Heidegger
The principles of reality are beyond the private opinion of one person. That first slice of undivided experience resides in the present moment, preceding any kind of intellectual understanding. Through aesthetics we can abandon ultimate dependence on reason to allow sudden intuitive illumination.
“The more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects.” – Nikola Tesla