vineri, 8 iulie 2011

... they forbid a premature closing of our accounts with reality...

One conclusion was forced upon my mind at that time, and my impression of its truth has ever since remained unshaken.

It is that our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which probably somewhere have their field of application and adaptation.

No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded. How to regard them is the question, — for they are so discontinuous with ordinary consciousness. Yet they may determine attitudes though they cannot furnish formulas, and open a region though they fail to give a map.

At any rate, they forbid a premature closing of our accounts with reality.

William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, p. 388

Via Sam Harris, al carui articol Drugs and the Meaning of Life va recomand calduros sa-l cititi, poate va vine mintea la cap si va lasati de alcool, cafea si tigari si va apucati si voi de LSD, ca toti oamenii sparti la creer.


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