Monday, January 2, 2012
Experience and consciousness are largely unrelated
We owe a lot to the rationalists of the eighteen century. In particular to Descartes and his "cogito ergo sum". Still I would like to set asides catchy phrases and concentrate a bit more on the notion of experience. Experience could be defined as simply as preserving for a given period of time the effect of an factor. Preserving somehow the producing event, in any form, can be regarded as experience. Western civilization poses a great deal on the individual and the centrality of the man as the subject and the actor of the experience. But if experience is just sharing on something we have felt and kept inside, i like to think that seashells have quietly experienced the miracle of the sea, and they are happy to tell us this story every time we put them next to our hears.