Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Philosophy Wire: Sensing more… And more… And more… Until we sense no more…


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2019-02-27]: Calcium is something of a double-edged sword. Too much of the essential element is as dangerous as too little, either case adversely affecting health in animals from humans to mice to fruit flies. Sensing calcium can be crucial. Though it doesn't fit into the five established tastes the tongue's receptors can identify - sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savory (umami) - humans can taste it and describe it as slightly bitter and sour. [1] We love our senses. We believe in our dogmas which makes us feel better. We like being only matter. It removes all the stress and anxiety of responsibility. And if we have five (or six) senses, why not add up more? More senses mean more… “objectivity” right? More “senses” make more… sense don’t they? But take another look. Imagine yourself sensing everything. From calcium to fear to… colours. What would you be able to do? Would the world make more sense? Is there room for imagination and free will when you are fed with ALL possible data via your senses? Is there room for your “self” when you are consumed by what is not your “self”? If the brain is a barrier instead of a useful tool, the senses are the keys to our prison. And instead of opening the door, we lock it even more by adding more layers of interference between us and the cosmos. Imagine you, sensing everything. And you will understand that it is exactly then, that you sense absolutely nothing…

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