Our unconscious urges and imagination are the driving forces of our overall nature, but when we confront them, they can seem completely strange to us. The unmitigated primal quality behind the social self seems uncivilised and uncultivated. Our higher self must indeed have a profound part to play in channelling our raw nature into the…… Continue reading Society- the conscious mind’s attempt to develop the subconscious?
” ‘Know thyself’ is not just silly advice: it’s actively dangerous”, so reads the title of an essay from Aeon Magazine (Found here). The accusation is that you can not know yourself because you change over time, and therefore to know yourself is a mistaken notion. At most, you can only know who you were…… Continue reading Does our self-image get in the way of us living our lives?
It is reasonable to argue that time is a serious consideration when building a metaphysic of the world. Each moment in life is meaningless until we attach those moments to other moments. To talk about the ‘now’ is to already place the ‘now’ moment in the context of time. This is because we have to…… Continue reading How our perception of time conditions our lives
How far is it true that an experience of the world is really just an experience of the self? As I have explored previously, the world of phenomenology has taught us that our perceptions have limits as to how far they can truly represent the world as the world is to us. The reason for…… Continue reading Where does the world stop, and identity begin?
Barthes takes a different stance to the ones we have seen so far. In his essay Soap-Powders and Detergents, he is interested in the place of psychoanalysis in advertising, and in how we view the products we use in our everyday life. He does this in the context of the world’s first ‘Detergent Congress’ (1954).…… Continue reading Mythologies- Barthes on… psychoanalysis and cleaning products
Sam Harris has recently become more involved in debates regarding robots and Artificial Intelligence and their places in the future. In a discussion with David Chalmers recently, they talked about how some tech developers have been thinking about the development of machine brains, or neurally integrated computers. One reason for this is that electronic computers…… Continue reading The ‘I’ in the continuity of consciousness
You will never be happy if you continue to pursue the meaning of happiness, nor shall you live if you spend your life searching for a meaning of life. Albert Camus held this view of life in high sincerity, and this was the basis for much of his philosophy. At heart of Camus’ writings was…… Continue reading The Myth of Sisyphus, a review