Saturday, June 27, 2015
What you are thinking about is not in your brain.
When one begins to explain the perception of the blackboard from sensory stimuli, one has indeed seen the blackboard. In this theory of sensory stimuli, where is [there a place for] what is meant by "is" [being] ? Even the greatest possible accumulation and intensity of stimuli will never bring forth the "is." [What is meant by it] is already presupposed in every [act of] being stimulated.
Even imagining can only be seen as directed into a world [in eine Welt hinein] and can only happen into a world. To imagine a golden mountain can always really only happen in such a way that even this [mountain] is somehow situated in a world. Even in such imagining there is more there than just the isolated golden mountain. I do not imagine a golden mountain within my consciousness or within my brain, but rather I relate it to a world, to a landscape, which in turn is again related to the world in which I exist bodily. The golden mountain is present as something imagined which is a specific mode of presence and which has the character of a world. It is related to men, earth, sky, and the gods.
The whole starting point within the psychic and the point of departure from a consciousness is an abstraction and a nondemonstrable construct [eine nicht ausweisbare Konstruktion]. The relationships of a thing to the surrounding world [Umwelt] do not require explanation; they must simply be seen [in a phenomenological sense].
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