Perception and Imagination


  1. Gary B. Fitzgerald
    Gary B. Fitzgerald July 14, 2011 at 3:39 am .

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  2. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett July 12, 2011 at 3:20 am .

    A number of years ago I read <i>Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects</i> by Alexandra David-Neel (a French woman of the 20th century who traveled overland in Tibet and studied with various Tibetan lamas).<br /><br />In the first page or two of the book, she presents what she describes as a Buddhist description of the world: the world is a conglomeration of particles that are constantly

  3. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato July 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm .

    I think Pauline turned out to be a better choice &#39;cause the Greeks put us in a literary bind we still seem to be stuck in.<br /><br />For the longest time to say or write anything was to respect a permanent divide between word and thing: and to see anything that strayed from &#39;scientific certainty&#39; (in which thoughts are the likenesses of the world), like poetry or figurative language

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison July 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm .

    Hi, Joel &amp; Conrad—<br /><br />Barfield and Abram may represent two sides of the same coin—i.e., human consciousness. (I have to insist on &quot;human&quot; because I have always felt that what we call &quot;consciousness&quot; thrives in all things.) I say this though I haven&#39;t read Abrams yet! My sense of it is that we, as creatures, live in the imaginal but generally suppress it. This

  5. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker July 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm .

    speaking of Socrates … his second wife was Myrto<br />mother of Eucleia ..<br /><br />I like that &quot;into the Imaginal&quot;&quot;<br /><br />and aparappoe to thisthat you posit I was just reading not an hour ago<br /><br />Cavafy&#39;s ITHACA I got the edition of the book that this poem is in in 1961<br /><br />it opens:<br /><br />When you start on your journey to Ithaca,<br />then

  6. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato July 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm .

    Joseph,<br /><br />here&#39;s a topic dear to my philosophic heart.<br /><br />Firstly, Chris gives as epigraph to his post a quote from one of the best books I&#39;ve read in years: Abrams&#39;s &quot;The Spell of the Sensuous&quot;, a vindication of the rights of the perceiving body. He&#39;s made Merleau-Ponty more readable, accessible &amp; believable.<br /><br />secondly, your reply raises

  7. Joel E. Jacobson
    Joel E. Jacobson July 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm .

    Fascinating thoughts, Joe. I&#39;ve only read a couple of chapters of it, but your statements of perception remind me of <i>Saving the Appearances</i> by Barfield. If we perceive the color, does that bring the color into being? That&#39;s a pretty incredible thought to me, that everything is gray and bland until it is perceived, thus created in some way? I think my brain just melted out my ears.<

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