The self and “What is it to be human?”

A steady new year entry, level with horizon
into the sunrise of the Age of Aquarius;
where we looked up high
was with its dawn light that rises high
(in the early 70’s; the musical ‘Hair’ came out in 1967).

Or is it the setting sun, at the horizon
and dusk’s glow rose high.
Either way , level diaphragm with sun’s light from horizon
square against our vertical, stand through
exponential  wake (exponential curve search in this blog : https://realityhc.wordpress.com/?s=exponential+curve&submit=Search),
new, as always, beggining 002 e (3)
and another end but global.

Let spirit radiate, spill over from core of diaphragm horizontal, rather than blast ahead
and up.

 

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The development of AI (artificial intelligence) has moved the boundary between the subjective and objective in our reality, objectifying so much of our mental functioning that are mechanical or computer-like, though previously thought of as cognitive, creative, communicative (ripe to be “connective”, to love, consume and demand the technologies that augment our reality but also what is augmented; we consummate in our augmentation with technology), clever, curious and human. This encroachment creates a new impetus and interest to the age old question, “What is it to be human?” (Note 2 – AI and our humanity).

Last paragraph of section 3 The subjective aspects of our reality; “Our reality and Reality” orig blgd 16Oct17, re ed June, Dec18

Expanding the bracket above:

The human condition is communicative.
We gawk and talk, are ripe to be “connective”,
to love, consume and demand the technology
that augment our reality, and what is augmented;
we consummate, in our augmentaion with technology.

Also from section 3 The subjective aspects of our reality :

We loose sight of our self like Alice
chasing the back of the Rabbit (through her tunnel),
in trying to experience, the experiencing self.
Rather than risk extinguishing our self,
we must
distinguish instead objective and subjective aspects
of our having-an-experience reality,
and not chase the subjective end of the “apparatus”
in self-referencing; like a dog
after its tail.

I will post the first three sections (to 3 The subjective aspects of our reality) of Our reality and Reality” orig blgd 16Oct17, re ed June, Dec18 next.

hc.r CNS and Sand lizard

I have depicted the CNS, from which our reality of conscious experience and self witnessed is a part, over the years and now see image left in sand by …….. beautiful capture of a vertebrate’s being and activity in essential form.

 

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Everything, everyone, every part, every whole

– from a mereological orientation of our part, and RealityJack in a box from a box 4 with arch of language,

Everything is a part of its whole.

You are a part of your whole;
I am a part of my whole.

And everything is a part of Reality,
an entirety,
the one and only whole;
it includes all wholes,
all dichotomies, inside but also outside.

From within your whole
is the rest of your whole,
your inside and outside,
your everything, your everyone, your world;
your whole touched by the rest of Reality
is a long long way away,
in all directions.

Jack in a box from a box 4 with arch of language, labelled

 

 

Words, self-referencing conundrum and projection : an overview of “Orientation”

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Oroboros : symbolises introspection, eternal return, cyclicality especially in constantly recreating itself.

 

“Words render our representational worlds into
walls
of further representation
we w
ander around and wonder at,
within our reality.”

Beyond words, try “Experience your self”.

Impossible? Images of a dog running around after its tail, or a snake trying to swallow its own tail, may come to mind. It is as if we are a part, of an apparatus for having an experience. Like a camera that cannot turn back on itself …..

……. open to read Words 9Jul17 PDF

A comprehensive overview of “Orientation”. First of a series of three.

Words 2

Word on words, and the self referencing conundrum.

Words themselves are representative, they represent something in our minds. We can talk about the being, happening and doing of things, because that’s what our nouns, adjectives and verbs refer to. Words render our world into representational walls, we wonder around and wonder at, within our reality.
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It is Plato’s cave,
of the Greek philosopher who’s Forms and Ideas were said to be the basis to what we observe in “our” reality. We, as self or identity, think and talk (with words) about the shadows on the walls of his cave. The shadows themselves are representations of things. Our words then, are representative of representations.

Rather than refer to the thing they represent, words that refer to themselves or “self-reference” can be a problem, in our mind. “This statement is false” is the classic example of the self-referential paradox in a sentence. It carries a contradiction, as most examples usually do, where it can never be true because the sentence says it “is false” which keeps us bound to the sentence, self referencing, rather than from the sentence, referring beyond it.

Self-referencing alone, even without a perplexing contradiction, can still give the same paradox. For example, “This refers to the word, this” or “to you, reading or to me typing, these words”. Left unresolved is, our having engaged with words in the first place. It exposes the expectation that, in communicating and expressing, a sentence should refer to things other than, what is in the sentence. This expectation may vary with cultures, languages and situation, but it may be universal of putting things to words that, sentences should refer to what their words represent.
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All our stories can be seen to be circular and self referential : Before paradox, we reflect, what is represented in our reality. Of conscious experience, as self or identity, we are held between incomplete bubbles. Gingerly balanced our inner and outer worlds, their shells we straddle, mush. In dribs and drabs we dabble and dribble, learn to babble and spit out words, and live in them words. A loose twist and loop noose our circularity as one of our many, of many more.”
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Something of the very nature of our reality is indicated by the paradox of self-referential sentences. The paradox itself penetrates beyond words in our reality, towards our self, if we let it. But sometimes it just hits us. Comedy shares something of this, 3-dimensional, self approaching and exposing complexity and substance, chaos and uncertainty.
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Some how, we are waiting for more or what’s next, to be woken up to our rest; to more of us, as self or identity, and more of our reality we are reminded from our left field, behind, beyond, within or underneath it all.


Compared to the paradox from words in a sentence, to reference or refer to our self is, a deeper and more immediate concern, for us, aself referencing conundrum” (https://realityhc.wordpress), if I may coin a phrase.

Try for your self, “Experience your self”.

Impossible? Images of a dog running around after its tail, or a snake trying to swallow its own tail, may apply.

We are a part, of an apparatus for having an experience.

Like a camera that cannot turn back on itself to take a picture of itself, and like its film, that in capturing an image, is “reflective” of what is directly in front of the focusing lens, it seems we cannot experience our self – only of “other than self” can we experience or directly reflect or be reflective with.

No problem with entertaining a notion or concept of the self, and experiencing a sense of self. But with our “actual” self however, there’s an inherent resistance to approaching and experiencing our self in the “usual” way we consider “direct”.

001 W1 4Jul1704072017_0009abWe cannot see our self, only others. From where we face the world we may see, and determine, we extend uncertainty all the way, beyond context, down to the emptiness of our alone or existential in depths, or being the one centre of a vague universe at our beginning or solipsistic end. What is self? What is anything? Where am I?

Word 3 – to follow …

Words 1

Words render our world into
representational walls,
we wander around and wonder at,
within our reality.”

Beyond words, try “Experience your self”.

Impossible? Images of a dog running around after its tail, or a snake trying to swallow its own tail, may come to mind.

It is as if we are a part, of an apparatus for having an experience. Like a camera that cannot turn back on itself …..

 

the human condition 0027 31May – fundamental and universal

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the human condition and reality
– fundamental and universal

Universal and fundamental is projection – by our whole being, through the CNS

The human condition and reality, hc.r
Gendo, Orientation

Fundamental and universal, of us and our reality, is projection – our projected “actuality” (in projected space), and our “whole being” of reality who projects us (through his or her CNS or Central Nervous System).
Projection means there’s who projects.
“Behind all this”, our reality, is our whole being, whose CNS is an integral part of him or her.
How can we be in relation with our whole? Why should we care?

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In our whole, in his or her projected part,
we have our freedom and place
our existential self and social identity
exhaustion and sleep, vitality and life
our human being-ness and animal nature
the child within us and the regressive forms
our sense of the worlds out-side and within,
of others, places and time,
and of self.

The sub-conscious other-side and
deeper conscious being below,
our conscious and
our sense of boundary and beyond,
they extend
different ways
in different directions.

Our all
and all that we may be,
is a part of our whole.

How may we be,
as part of this whole being?