Camera Consciousness

Maps are mutable.   The many ways that humans conceive and perceive reality is a form of history.  One could suggest that learning is a primary quality in living beings.  A history of concepts is a good method of understanding and comparing ideas.   How do concepts develop?   It is important to increase one’s “radius of comprehension” to understand a history of ideas through all the various disciplines of knowledge such as philosophy, psychology,  art, religion/spirituality. literature, science and mythology…

Broucek  writes

“camera consciousness elevates a truncated form of visual experience over the other senses and thus disconnects and isolates sight from the other senses.”

Bailey writes  about how various technologies have “quietly heightened our sense being subjects in a world of objects.”   Here he is talking about the camera obscura and its importance in the story of modern ideas

It is simple machine is a dark room with a small hole that permits daylight to enter.  Baileys suggests that this ‘dark room became an unconscious root metaphor for the growing philosophy of the subjective mind cut off from the objective outer world.

Broucek writes how Locke clearly had the camera obscura in mind when he wrote An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.  He quotes a paragraph which makes the point that for Locke the”mind becomes a camera obscura” and this way of conceiving the mind became a guiding metaphor for the way the mind was perceived.


Maps and Reality

It is clear that human societies are in a transition to a different realm of meaning.   This meaning is connected to what we call purpose and the questions humans ask themselves.  Why are we here?  What is our purpose here?    How do we know, what is basics of knowledge?   Whether these are conscious or unconscious, questions such as these are inseparable from historical development.

Epistemology is an important word.   Every culture in their particular map defines what is their particular knowledge.   This knowledge defines what is intelligible in whatever system it may be.   I suggest that the knowledge system comes after the meaning and purpose of the group has been defined.

There are myriad ways to talk and write about all these ideas.   A transition includes the idea that, as the meaning and purpose changes,  there is a transformation of what constitutes knowledge.  A different foundation becomes possible or imaginable and because of these changes a new conception of knowledge is born or rediscovered.   This process is happening.



















































































I can suggest that autonomy and nihilism represent/describe/articulate two of the primary values that are prevalent in modern capitalistic societies.    What is called neo-liberalism is advanced capitalism because of the momentum.


The Gift (Lewis Hyde) The author in one chapter “The Bond”  he writes

“it is the cardinal difference between gift and commodity exchange that a gift establishes a feeling-bond between two people, while the sale of a commodity leaves no necessary connection.  I go into a hardware store, pay the person for a hacksaw blade and walk out.  I may never see this person again.  The disconnectedness is, in fact, a virtue of the commodity mode.”   The idea is there isn’t an intrinsic connection/community in a market society.   Each of us is autonomous without any meaning connection to each other.

What does nihilism mean?   It relates a lack of meaning and purpose.









We could imagine words that can articulate what I mean when I say to be beyond (transcend) space and time.  Our language is deficient in this manner.

Suffering can mean so different ideas.   To suffer and the idea of suffering is kind of taboo in our reality, primarily because of a systemic fixation on happiness.

Dead End

We are satiated by means and devoid of ends.

Like a saber-toothed tiger, modern Western civilization has developed in a one sided, self destructive way.  Our genius has been in the mastery of nature and in the production of economic wealth and military power.  These objectives have governed the development of our culture and the organization of our society for several hundred years.  It is not only that we have neglected the social institutions that focus on the moral and spiritual development of human beings, our intellectual life, in the service of economic growth and military power, has undermined the humanistic dimension of the culture…and has been destructive of the institutions and support systems that sustain and nurture the human spirit.  P.  177

E.M. Adams

This quote is from an insightful book by E.M. Adams Religion and Cultural Freedom.  He is discussing metaphysics, values, knowledge and their relationship.   One can understand what the concepts humanism and naturalism means and how modern economic society is based on naturalism.


Accepting Paradox

Kastrup writes in Meaning in Absurdity

…there is a link between the structures of language and how we contract our beliefs…reality appears  to be inseparable from our subjective apprehension of it.

Kastrup’s book is a a articulate discussion on the paradoxical nature of reality.  This happens when one shifts the premises that make up the structures of what this particular culture considers to be.

Different Story

This blog recognizes that learning, the idea of learning, is a blessing of being alive.  Paradoxically learning can bring to mind any phenomenon and learning is difficult.  To let go of beliefs and personal and social narratives is a challenge.   To question personal and social narratives is a challenge.   Each of us becomes who we are in a particular context, a relationship between consciousness and culture.

Humans are believing creatures.   In growing as a human being, an individual (one can define an individual in many ways) accepts perceptions as real.   A human (from birth) is conscious and simultaneously encounters all the myriad manifestations of what is called life.