Friday, June 3, 2011




FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011


Which MIND helped Kant to observe that it can not grasp what an object 'IN ITSELF' is? 


Philosopher Locke had argued that, as only material things can affect our senses, we know nothing but matter, so we must accept materialistic philosophy. If sensations are the stuff of thought, matter must be the material of mind !


Bishop Berkeley counter argued if all our knowledge are mere 'sensations', and ideas derived from these sensations, 'a thing' is merely a bundle of perceptions- perceptions of the mind. Hence the only reality that  we directly know is the MIND, that give these perceptions. Hence, matter does't exist, but only mind and its perceptions !


Philosopher Hume, who came after Berkeley, counter argued both Locke and Berkeley - - -' we know mind only as we know matter, by perception,though the former is internal. There is no 'observable' SOUL behind the process of thought'.


According to historian Will Durant, as Hume had effectively destroyed mind, Berkeley had destroyed matter !


Immanuel Kant's mission was to save mind as well as matter. He consoled the world that what mind grasp is good enough for man to lead his life on earth, and to progress with his science,though what the mind grasps is not the reality of the objects ' IN ITSELF '. Its reality is only the subjective reflection of mind. Mind can not ever know what realty 'in itself' is,except by intuitive powers of the mind ! He never elaborated what these intuitive power is , and whether man could ever possess it. 


But he was rather sure about the limitations of the mind, that it can never lay hand on reality "IN ITSELF'. 


Kant's above brilliant observation begs for an answer for the next natural question  - -which MIND  had helped him to DOUBT the inability of it, to grasp the IN ITSELF reality of objects ? Was there a hidden SUPER MIND above his usual mind, unknown to him,  that tipped him about the limitations of man's usual mind ?  As an EYE can not see itself, the MIND can not observe it self too.


Another brilliant mind of our age, a truly scientific mind, that of Albert Einstein, stated about the quantum theory that " Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an ‘inner voice’ tells me that it is not the real thing. The theory produces a good deal but hardly brings one closer to the secrets of the Old One. I am at all events convinced that He (God)  does not play dice".  


Which mind he had hinted as his "INNER VOICE' ? 


The usual mind of man, at many junctures of life, hints and even warm him that his conclusions based on the available evidences are WRONG. Or, like in the case of Kant, man  is often unaware of the existence of a higher organ above mind that enable him to 'observe' the former as an 'external object' of study, and even form serious conclusions on its working ! 


Our Science is certain that there is a 'missing link' to unite all his energy sources, and its theories, to explain the phenomenon of life and existence. What aspect of Reason hints the science about this inadequacy of its knowledge ?  


Man's sense of Reason not only detect 'order' and consistency( or the UNITY) of the conclusions he has arrived at on the basis of  available premises in front of him, it also warn him of the inadequacy and incompleteness of his inferences! He is often compelled  to accept the existence of a hidden SUPER MIND above his usual mind. 


The question is merely whether this SUPER MIND is something in the offing for future, in the process of evolution, or was it a case of an organ going REDUNDANT and extinct, like the case the lost TAIL for man,during his bidding good bye to his monkey days? 


This writer stands for the former version - - - man was blessed with this now extinct mind in the beginning - -knowing everything about his origin. During civilizational transition from one generation to other, the links got cut-off at some point in time, and the next generations had to develop the present day mind exclusively with materials and logics that his sense organs had provided him! A mind that got cut of from ORIGINS and MEANINGS. A new SYNTHETIC personality for man, (his EGO ) for living with his SYNTHETIC realities!


Man may have to attempt a re-look at the present theory (dogma ?)  of EVOLUTION  for probing into such possibilities of his SUPER MIND, now extinct by non-use !


Abraham Joseph
www.conscienceofthesociety.com
(A philosophic non-profit that stand for research and study  into human Reason, and the cause of reinvented democracy)
June,2011 

6 comments:

  1. The key problem with matter is there's no way to scientifically prove it exists which supports Berkly's contention.

    I see the cup sitting on my desk. If I reach my hand out to touch it I can feel the cup where I see it. No matter how I choose to "test" the cup's existence, using my senses, its existence seems to be confirmed. The cup appears to be "out there" in space and time.

    Most people assume that everybody "has" consciousness but trying to define what it is turns out to be as vexing as trying to prove, scientifically, that matter exists.

    Ther are 5 realms of perceptual consciousness, visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory and chemical (taste).

    Observers who have access to only taste and touch, like bacteria and plants, have no experience of space. For them space does not exist therefor the only dimension available to them is time. They are purely chemotactile.

    If an observer develops the ability to smell a "kind" of space will arise allowing it to sniff around detecting smells which allow it to find prey and aviod predators. If it develops the ability to hear then another kind of space arises more expansive than just the space associated with smell.

    Vision is the penultimate realm of consciousness when combined with the other four realms chemical, tactile, auditory, and olfactory. With vision the five realms become intercoordinated in both space and time creating a dimensional structure of consciousness.

    When appropriately shaped molecules come in contact with taste recptors on our tongues those receptors send a signal to our brain which we (our entire organsim) interpret as sweet, salty, sour or bitter. It is important to keep in mind, however, that those recptors do not "taste" anything.

    When an organism experiences touch, receptors in our skin, muscles and internal organs send a signal to our brains and we experience the sensation of touch. The recptors do not feel anything.

    The chemotactile realms of consciousness are the most primitive.

    When appropriately vibrating air molecules impact our tympanic membranes they stimulate hair cells located in our cochlea. Those hair cells send signals to our brains which we interpret as sound. Those cells do not "hear" anything.

    When certain molecules touch smell recptor cells they send signals to our brain which we interpret as smell. They do not "smell" anything.

    When photons of the appropriate frequency touch our retinal cells, they send a signal to our brain which we experince as dots of a certain color or vision. The retinal cells do not "see" anything.

    The universe unfolds in the touch of light and space-time arises providing the "experience" of objects existing "out there." But, as with the existence of matter it isn't possible to prove that there really is an "out there" other than our individual experience of "out there."

    The implications associated with the mechanics of perception is that nobody "has" consciousness. Instead everybody is "in" consciousness. The philosophical implications of this assumption lead directly and inexorably to the abyss of solipsism.

    Perceptual consciousness is completely solipsistic except as it applies to interactions between observers because observers with access to all five perceptual realms have access to a sixth realm of consciousness--Observational Consciousness.

    The definition of observational consciousness is "potential perception." Observational consciousness is the the physical universe in its entirety because it includes everything that can be observed by anyone at anytime.

    The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness is a paradigm created by Samuel Avery.

    I have written a book entitled LET THERE BE LIGHT which deals in more depth with the ideas I have presented here. Hopefully I will be able to find a publisher willing to publish it.

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    1. Hi Stephen !

      Thanks for reading my posts, and leaving a meaningful comment ! I am glad that you too share my kind of intense interest in themes like consciousness, role of senses, and man's general mechanism of 'knowing'.
      Hope you have noticed my proposition that 'reason is an internal sense organ'. I am keen to have a comment on this from you ! I have a direct write-up on this theme, but it is under discussion with a publisher for a small book. I shall read you more from now on !
      warm regards,
      Abraham Joseph

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  2. I'm not sure what you mean by "internal sense organ." When I think of reason I envision it as a specific pattern of neurons firing. Neurons Firing is the title of one of the chapters in Let There be Light. The book is now available from Amazon.com. If you read it, I would be interested to hear your comments.

    All the best,
    Stephen J. Hage

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  3. Dear Stephen J. Hage

    Thanks a lot for contacting me !

    As advised by you, I searched at Amazon.com for the title' Let there be light'. But there were at least 6 to 7 titles in the same name !

    Was the book authored by you ? Please help me with the author name too, so that I could refer the passage you mentioned. Or if you have the e.book, help me with a copy of the passage/chapter.

    Stephen, you may kindly refer to my other blogs also under the same page for knowing more on my proposition that our faculty of reason indeed acts like an 'internal sense organ' in the act of 'sensing; or detecting the 'sense' or 'order' or unity' or 'consistency' content or factor, in every act of inference. Full details are there at my Amazon e.book : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NOEE9I ( only@$ 0.99)

    If you find it difficult to download the e.book, tell me I could send it by e.mail.

    In order to send you a brief answer to your question as to what is 'reason meant as a sense organ' please let me know your e.mail ID so that I could do so at ease.

    Warm regards,

    Abraham



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  4. Abraham:

    The book is available on amazon with me (Stephen J. Hage) as the author. The may not yet have physical copies because it has just been published. It is also available as a Kindle ebook.

    R. Buckminster Fuller had an interesting concept he called "Universal Mind." You might be interested in exploring that.

    My email is shage@socal.rr.com

    All the best,
    Steve

    All the best,

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  5. Hi Stephen, I am sorry, I returned to yr msg after 3 years, while looking for a blog post of my own! Then I followed the Amazon way to 'hear' yr' book. Though Amazon told me, it is free, when I opted for its link, $1/- deducted from my cr.card a/c ! But, I fear, more cash wud be deducted from my a/c on this pretext by Amazon/others!
    Stephen, it is a vicious circle! These modern Corporate houses are extremely cunning and tricky, that they will exploit authors and readers alike! I don't think your audio book link will ever reac h me. If u really want to discuss yr thought and stand on consciousness with me, let us interact on e.mails: Mine is ajoseph1@rediffmail.com.

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