The phenomenal world is the world we may experience and try to understand. It is loosely referred to as “the world” and is usually synonymous with the “objective world”. Here, in this presentation, “world out there” is used and abbreviated as “wot”. The phenomenal world is also said to be what presents to “our” senses. However, the whole body has the eyes and other sense organs; we as an identity do not, but have just a sense or notion of eyes.
While we may think we sense things, all we ever do as an identity and self is experience, have an experience or be the experience-er. Our experiences allow us to think we sense and do things certainly, but it is the whole body or whole self who in reality does things, has the organs that sense, creates and, through the brain-spine or Central Nervous System (CNS), projects our reality, including our “sense of” doing things.
Though the phenomenal world usually refers to the outside world, our inner world may also be considered phenomena because it too is there for us to experience. Both our inner and outer experiences are parts of the whole self, created and projected by our whole with our self being the subject to what we experience being the object.
With outside and inside realms, our self between them (see “Knobbly join” and its Plaque “The wot and the wit, the self in between”), as well as the conscious, witness and our deeper being, our reality is “constructed” of incomplete parts, that must belong to a comprehensive whole. That comprehensive whole is our whole being of reality, who is also in reality.
Our theories and models of reality are derived, deduced and determined from the phenomenal world we may experience. Our phenomenal worlds are themselves based on information that presents to the whole body’s sense organs, of aspects of reality that the sense organs are sensitive to and register. They are the “phenomenal aspects of reality”.
Reality itself and things in and of reality are more than the sum of the “phenomenal aspects of reality”. Through the whole body, and his or her sense organs and CNS in particular, the world we may experience is formed as a virtual version from the “phenomenal aspects of reality”. Machines and probes may “sense” things and amass information that we “physically” cannot (with the whole self’s sense organs), such as infra-red light (beyond our visual spectrum) or things of extremely large and small distances, sizes, time and weights. Such information however, remains to be of the “aspects of reality” that machines we design, rather than our sense organs, are sensitive to and register. With “more” information or data we may strengthen and, if necessary, correct our understandings, but we are only closer to reality with better theories and models (which can never be reality and are of our mind‘s notion).
While we can only experience things that are in and of reality as they manifest in projection, as formed and presented by the whole self from their “phenomenal aspects”, the whole self is a special case of reality for us being his or her part, and our whole being being of reality. In our actuality, as a projected part of the whole self, we may consider our whole and our being in relation with him or her.
The “Knobbly join”
The depiction are of our projected actuality, our existence in fact as projection, as captured from behind. The head, neck and shoulders is an indication of the subtle sense of our whole being, which is subtle for us because we are in projection. It gives us more a sense of where we are, in our projected actuality, in relation to him or her.