Mandelbrot coffee…

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Nature keeps on repeating itself.

And fractals are one of the best ways of showing that.

In the nothing I made coffee. And the shapes developed on its surface were very much like the Mandelbrot shape one can see in almost all the chaos theory textbooks.

Take a look…

What does that mean? I don’t know.

But for some reason it was interesting to me and I had the urge to share it.

And now that I’m thinking about it, in its simplicity and lack of meaning or purpose, perhaps this is one of thr most philosophical posts I ever made…

Nothing to explain…

Nothing to say…

But a cup of coffee…

In a day that has passed away…

Longing for experience…

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Opportunities for people to interact with nature have declined over the past century, as many now live in urban areas and spend much of their time indoors. Conservation attitudes and behaviors largely depend on experiences with nature, and this ‘extinction of experience’ (EOE) is a threat to biodiversity conservation. Researchers now propose that citizen science, an increasingly popular way to integrate public outreach with data collection, can potentially mitigate EOE. (1)

Socrates experienced everything. Without ever leaving Athens. Parmenides talked about One. Without ever leaving the shores of Ionia. Hawking talked about the boundaries of the universe. Without ever leaving his wheelchair.

Long not for more experiences.

But for a free-thinking mind.

Without it you might be climbing on Everest and still be sitting on your house’s couch…

Leibniz. Perception. Death. Existence.

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A paper bringing into light Leibniz’s general ideas concerning aesthetics, and then, due to the epistemological-psychological significance of sense perception in Leibniz’s philosophy, inquiring into it in detail and attempting to clarify the place of sense knowledge in human knowledge according to Leibniz. A paper venturing to divide Leibniz’s approach to sense qualities into objective and subjective aspects and investigating each separately. (1)

Perception. A very important problem indeed.

Hidden in the foundations of philosophy.

How does our perception differ from others?

How much “correct” our perception actually is?

How does our perception connect to reality?

A lot of people have argued and analyzed what Leibniz said and what he did not say regarding perception. (see for example Zhaolu Lu, “Leibniz’ theory of perception reconsidered” or Stephen Montague Puryear, PhD, “Perception and representation in Leibniz”, University of Pittsburgh, 2006) All these attempts to clarify the mystery of perception through the eyes of the great philosopher are common in making the same one important mistake: that we do not share the same eyes with Leibniz.

One could agree that…

“perception that is, the representation of the composite, or what is external, in the simple” (Ariew & Garber 1989: 207)

Or that…

“perception, which is the internal state of the monad representing external things” (Ariew & Garber 1989: 208).

The world is a magic place. Seeing it makes one believe we are into that world, wandering around like rats is an elaborate maze.

What if perception for you is not something simple? What if your own way of thinking is complex? Would that make your own perception of things not… true? What if we are all parts of the same“Monad” but have different ways of perceiving the ‘external’ things? What if there are no external things at all? What if everything is a representation of our perception? What if we create the things we believe we perceive?

And yet, one does not need to be in a maze to get confused.

Sitting in a chair in the safety of your living room. Being confused and mesmerized by things you think of. Getting confused. Analyzing the problems of your perception when there is no problem at all except one fundamental one: That you can perceive even without perceiving anything. With closed eyes. With no ears. With no sense of smell or taste.Without touching anything.

The greatest mystery is not how you perceive.

But the fact that you can perceive at all…

A shadow floating into existence.

Inside a dark void universe.

Experiencing Dasein. Dying.

Past the vast openness of nothing.

Beyond the realms of dreams.

Perceiving everything.

Only because there is nothing to perceive…

MAGNIFY! (Do you trust your eyes?) [against senses… again]

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Extremely distant galaxies are usually too faint to be seen, even by the largest telescopes. But nature has a solution: gravitational lensing, predicted by Albert Einstein and observed many times by astronomers. However recently, an international team of astronomers, led by Harald Ebeling of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, discovered one of the most extreme instances of magnification by gravitational lensing.

Using the Hubble Space Telescope to survey a sample of huge clusters of galaxies, the team found a distant galaxy, eMACSJ1341-QG-1, that is magnified 30 times thanks to the distortion of space-time created by the massive galaxy cluster dubbed eMACSJ1341.9-2441. (1)

Everything we see is distorted in one or the other way.

Light passing through fields, light passing through matter or dark matter, through water or air, through lenses, through your very… eyes! No, you can never be certain that what you see is real. Look without prejudice and you will see, that the only thing you can be certain of is that you cannot see!

Look at that coffee cup.

There is no coffee.

Only molecules of coffee.

But you are smelling coffee.

Wishing coffee.

Because you have a hard time waking up.

And you have to go to work even though you don’t want to.

It is your life that you are experiencing.

Not just a cup of coffee.

But sure.

You can just say “I see coffee”.

Observation: It destroys life… Can you observe your self?

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We destroy what we observe. From observers we automatically become participants in anything we want to “watch from a distance”. Either it is a simple photograph of a natural ecosystem or a photo of some friends partying, he who takes the role of the observer becomes part of what we observes whether he likes it or not.

We like to believe we can observe the cosmos. And yet we can only be part of it. We like to believe we can see life as an objective analyst/ philosopher and yet we can only live it.

Experience is the ultimate analytical tool. Not analysis of observation. Live and you will understand. Experience and you will know. Analysis of something you have now experienced means nothing. At all. Does it matter what you think of miracles of you haven’t experienced one? The only thing that could happen by analyzing miracles is to not believe one when you see it. Does it matter what you think about God if you have not experienced Him? The only thing that could happen is that you would not recognize Him when He stood of front of you. Does it matter what you think about existentialism if you have not experienced existence? The only thing that could happen is… well I would not know. I exist! 😉

Stop watching. Stop analyzing. Stop thinking.

And you will become the world’s best and truest philosopher.

Living people.

Breathing.

This is what we need.

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