Latest Writing – Excerpt from essay

This is an excerpt from may latest essay I wrote for school entitled: ‘The Embodied Origins of Cognition and the Social Construction of Reality’. I plan on further elaborating some of the themes, so I thought it would be a good first excerpt to post. The following is the summary from the aforementioned paper.

Summary: All experience is mediated. The body is the ultimate experiential medium. All aspects of reflective thinking, from basic level categories to abstract metaphorical reasoning, remains embodied and relies on neurological categorization which stems from our sensorimotor transactions within our given environment. Conceptual thinking is symbolic thinking, with or without utilizing the linguistic symbol, and relies upon a dynamic sometimes conscious mental representation deemed a ‘body image’. In healthy functioning individuals this mental image corresponds to one’s body schema or unconscious sensory motor processes which function without reflective awareness. Perception is an active process and is not passive. Conceptual thinking is neurologically substantiated via self-movement and self exploration (active perception). Such neurological pathways may be formulated through performing a sensorimotor act or by observing the act itself. Therefore an infant will gain a pre-reflective embodied understanding of his pre-reflective self that shall later become the foundation for a ‘self concept’; shall become ‘known’ through the use of language. People are ascribed self-concept content as this ‘knowledge’ is of a social origin, existing a priori and appearing objective since it relies on institutionalization and socio-cultural tradition. Such a self-concept, which resides within reflective symbolic consciousness, may influence one’s affective and phenomenological experience through neuro-linguistic transactions and obscure the phenomenological self which lies outside this domain. By the time the individual is able to formulate a concept of the various categories he’s established, he is presented with a seemingly objective definition of the behavior of those within his society and therefore given a sense of identity.  This, again, is not the self.  It is not the affective consciousness and it is not the origin of one’s ontology.  However, since language is able to select and deflect reality, the language structure that is predominantly favored within a society may color one’s experience by attuning ones organs of perception to a specific stimulus.  Based on this research I believe the self-concept can have an effect on such a fundamental level to where the individual is alienated from his body image, a holistic body based root for phenomenological experience, to a disembodied reflective fundamentalism, perpetuated by maligned social institutions.

Side note: As modern scientific thinking starts to reflect age-old esoteric teachings, 21st century fundamental materialism and the citadel of science shall start to give way to a new holistic understanding of our embodied experience. Culturally the negation of the ‘self’ has been established due to the confusion that one’s self is one’s self concept. Both political and educational systems are based around such miss-understandings. Because of this fact, civilizations collapse as the means of ‘self’ communication become entrapped in meme viruses. The linguistic-symbolic map fails to signify the phenomenological territory. Because of this logical fallacy, colleges demarcate ‘departments’ of knowledge when really there can be no division. We are starting to see a holistic realization within the world of academia with the rise of “inter-disciplinary” programs. Still the aca-daemons burn bright within their own space flight, though will inevitably dim and fizzle out within their own self created vacuum which conceals the realization of the hopelessness of logic. En-light-en-ment through move-ment may-be a key.

Anyone may find it beneficial to go beyond ‘self-concepts’ and experience first hand the phenomenological self that lies outside of ‘concept’ but is so very much alive and pulsating underneath the self reflective arc that is the circuitous highway down which theoretical thought leads us if we do not recognize its own ‘place’ within the scheme of things. We should look at self-concepts, not as things in themselves but as fingers that point to the moon. If we get stuck looking at the finger then we’ll miss all the heavenly glory.

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~ by circumvolve on December 18, 2008.

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