The magic of coin tricks, one might say, is a function of our brains’ hardwired abhorrence of causal vacuums in local environments. The integration of natural objects into causal backgrounds is the default, which is why, we might suppose, the sense of magic immediately evaporates when we look over the magician’s shoulder and the causal history of the coin is revealed. The magic of coin tricks, in other words, depends on our brains’ relation to the coin’s causal history. Expose that causal history, and the appearing coin seems a natural object like any other. Suppress that causal history (through misdirection, sleight of hand, etc.), and the appearing coin exhibits beforelessness. It seems like magic.
I bring this up because so many intentional phenomena exhibit an eerily similar structure. Consider, for instance, your present experience of listening. The words you hear ‘are simply there.’ You experience me speaking; nowhere does the neurophysiology–the causal history–of your experience enter into that experience as something experienced. You have no inkling of sound waves striking your eardrum. You have no intuitive awareness of your cochlea or auditory cortex. Like the coin, this experience seems to arise ‘ready made.’
We can close our eyes and still we have a strong sense of our environment. We have approximate knowledge of the size of the room, the objects within it, its light levels and so on. We can sum details of the room to mind and we can strenuously attempt to consider the room as a whole. We can play in this space, because it is a dream space. It is not the room, it is us. It is our mind.
Open your eyes.
What has changed?
My first anonymous ask and it’s from a real anonymous individual who physically stalked me while I ranted about clocks. This isn’t how it’s supposed to happen.
Additional: In interview, Werner Herzog has claimed to be among those who do not remember their dreams, and supposed that his lack of a dream-world may be largely responsible for the elasticity of “truth” in his films.
DONT BE A FUCKING SLAVE