Category Archives: Space


Terminal Infrastructure
Midfield concourse
Underground tunnel

Airport terminals often include aesthetic lighting effects that create a disorientating distraction from the business of transportation.

“It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression: As pretty as an airport.” – Douglas Adams

Could Not but Be

Climb towards
Stepping out of line
Any time will do

For Schelling, every growth of nature has but one moment of perfect beauty, or flash of full existence. In this instant, it is what it is for eternity.

“Art, in that it presents the object in this moment, withdraws it from time, and causes it to display its pure being in the form of its eternal life.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

Anacortes to Lopez

Transportation needs
Getting there
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
Landscape memory
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

Lake Triptych

Grey day
Light fades
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

Terra Incognita

Common focus
Invisible influence
Appreciation consequences

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


Move upward
Gleaming brilliance
Vertical felicity

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

Under Ground

Area of knowledge
Enclosed composition
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

Levels of Reality

Process of becoming
Exposed after concealment
Clearly distinguished

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

Origin Obscure

Habit of contemplating
Unexplained observations
Hypothesis discovery

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