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Phenomenology and the Conscious Mind
Dan Lloyd, Trinity College
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Semi-sensations and Positional Consciousness
Notes taken on February 12, 2016 by Edward Tanguay
goal of phenomenology
to see more, specifically to observe in an active, energetic and creative way, looking for possibilities, including the unlikely
this approach to observation replaces the textbook conception of perception
the textbook picture of perception reception seems tied to available light
perception is not just limited to what the light affords
you see the sides of a cube that face you
the sides that reflect light onto your retina
but we don't see the bundle of light rays
we don't see images on the retina
we don't see impulses on the brain
we see the cube
what the intermediaries fail to give us is the thing which is before us, but it is that thing, not the intermediaries
to posit, v.
the constituting awareness of objects as external, as out there outside the mind
consciousness posits external objects which means consciousnesses assigns to the object outside of me, I'm here but it's there
this is positional consciousness
to see the cube as a cube is to see it outside of us in a specific location in a space around us
also: objectivate, an awkward synonym
when you look at a cube, you see a six-sided solid, some parts we can see and some we can't
we have a very distinctive awareness of what those parts are like
the hidden sides of the cube are constituted by something like imagination
but imagination is more flexible
the back sides of the cube are less flexible
the sensation of the hidden parts are a semi-sensation
between imagination and visual sensations
folded into sensation is a lot of extra-sensory perception
the semi-sensations of sensory properties unseen and unfelt
our perception goes beyond sensation, filling in dimensions of the sensory world with features that turn the flat image into a scene of things with a space that has us in the middle of it
we see, or semi-see, objects that are invisible to the eye, but these hidden facets are only one part of our sensory world