The mind is a connecting machine, one that automatically and immediately sees things in context. It perceives and reflects not only separate entities and words, but their relations too. The invisible “hooks” that connect things together are just as real and important as the things they are connecting, for without them, the world would be inconceivably chaotic and meaningless.
Boredom is the result of a lack in meaning.But animals are incapable of it because it is only with minds that are capable of imagining alternate realities that boredom becomes possible,for we are bored when we are NOT situated in the reality we conceive to be desirable.So the paradox of boredom is that it makes us huma…n, yet the way it strips away meaning renders us inhuman.
If I was God,I would love it when people sin.I would feel good about myself because 1.I get to maintain my status as the all good and powerful while people remain weak and evil. 2.People would constantly make sacrifices to me and offer me gifts and please me in order to compensate for their sins.This why we are able to… sin and then do penance and then are allowed to sin again because ultimately,it is pleasing to God.
I basically pasted this off of facebook chat this morning, so it’s a little choppy, but here it goes.
Q: Do you believe that there’s such a thing as non-conceptual intelligence?
A: I think one way to view intelligence is that it is a process of dynamic fluctuation that unfolds temporally through the drive of an elan vital, where the rational mind and the intellect is only a part of that organic process. Intellect is spatial and material, while intuition is temporal and heterogeneous. The intellect chops things off to pieces, where ideas that represent the intellect are merely points in space that we select and highlight (with language, numbers, and concepts). And this act of selection is static, hence incomplete and homogenous. But through intuition, we are able to perceive more, since with intuition we don’t spatialize things, but we sort of use it to float along side the flux of reality that is ever growing, changing, extending, and flowing. In other words, while intuition can comprehend time in a “spiritual” fashion that is more in accordance with the nature of MIND, the intellect, on the other hand, with its act of spatialization, behaves more in accordance with MATTER and SPACE. The two can be conceived as opposites, but should nevertheless be integrated into a whole in order for intelligence to function creatively.
Rationality and the intellect are only a small part of the whole cognitive picture, and when we rationalize reality and use our intellect to analyze things by chopping them into pieces, we are leaving out a lot of other stuff out. But intelligence is a dynamic and creative process, one that flows in accordance with the totality of the WHOLE of nature, where nature itself is an incomplete, indeterminate, and continuous process of growth. Evolution is not just a mechanical and deterministic process, but an open one that is guided not just by external forces, but internal, non-deterministic energy/process as well. In other words, reality is disclosed to contingency, one that is constantly evolving. And with each progression, new totalities are opened up, as it just keeps on branching out different slices of time and space…and one can never quite know where one will end up, or what the past had been like. The past is as indeterminate as the present because changing and opening up the future implies an alteration of the past and vice versa. Past, future, and present are interconnected, but not completely or mechanistically depended upon each other, as each of them gives rise to new conceptions and possibilities to the other two in multiple ways.
And I think that’s how the mind works as well. Perception leads to thoughts, and thoughts lead to actions, and actions disclose new possibilities for us to perceive, and so on. And like the flow of time, each notion of the cognition is not directly caused or statically determined by the others. Each of them acts as a free agent in an inter-connected web of potentials and multiplicities within the bigger picture of nature itself. But of course, nature itself acts in accordance with this same “law” or concept, so nature is not merely an END to means of cognition and thought, but mind and matter interact and give birth / rise to each other, where the duality and polarization of subject and object, free will and determinism collide and immerse within each other in an open-ended act of evolution.
I love going to hotels because I love to contemplate the beds in them. Not only do I think about all the people that have sex on there, but I think about the SLEEPS that they collect… sleeps that people leave behind. Sleep is something immaterial, but it nevertheless exists. Whenever somebody falls asleep, something (sleep itself) is sucked out of from their bodies. And when they wake up in the morning, they gain it back, only to be re-released into the atmosphere during the night. In other words, sleep is a process and an act of release – the discharge of something immaterial and non-physical, called sleep. Sleep then, can be analogous to the act of pissing or shitting. You need to take a piss when your bladder is full and when it finishes collecting liquids up to a certain point. Similarly, sleep is collected during the day, and is released during the night. And just like our bladders feel tighter and fuller when they are filled up, we feel more fatigue and slow as the day goes by because sleeps are filling in our bodies, which act as containers, to a point where they need to be released from the internal to the external and to be sucked back into the beds again. Like the way we constipate from time to time, sometimes we have a hard time squeezing sleeps out of us when we have trouble falling alseep during the night. I always wonder how many sleeps the beds in hotel rooms collect over the years. Indeed, we don’t just leave behind physical traces such as bodily fluid and hair in bed; we leave behind metaphysical, immaterial “stuff” as well, such as sleeps. This thought leads me to another question: if sleep is materialized physically, what would it look, sound, feel, and smell like?