The Topography of Experience
The non-linear experience of reality is analogous to topography.
String Theory and Phenomenology
I suspect that string theory has powerful implications for phenomenological philosophy. At least eleven dimensions exist, and most of them are beyond the grasp of experiential consciousness. But the fundamental idea behind the theory is that reality is vibrating strings of energy. That implies that the most “real” thing in existence is the waveform.
The Elusive Question
This leads to a very crucial question…
I find I’m having trouble putting my question into words. Can the artistic experience take primacy over metaphysics in the exercise of consciousness? Perhaps it is possible on the level of the string. But that’s a really bold assertion. My question feels much more basic. The language may be obsolete for this. Not the exercise of consciousness. The flow of the sequence of experience. Yes. That’s better.
Experience as Topography
We seem to experience reality linearly. However, maybe it’s more of a malleable landscape. Maybe we shape that landscape to guide the course of the river of our subjective experience. Through language, the focus of the human essence rises above the ego. In so doing, it becomes appropriated to the linguistic will. But there’s another aspect to that.
Language and Emotional Innovation
Emotional experience necessitates the development of language, such that even metaphysical models find themselves rooted in an emotional agenda. But it’s a feedback loop, because language, so to speak, “strikes a chord” with its appropriated subject. In other words, it invokes an emotional innovation. When language grows into a new idea, the beholder experiences a new way of being. This, then, calls the subject to a new level of emotional experience. That makes it necessary for him to further invest himself in the language. This, in turn, yields further innovation of being. So, through language, we shape the future landscape, such that it determines the course of flow of our experience. But this process is not merely, or even primarily, conscious. Consciousness is the child of language and emotion. It is the finger on the wheel that guides the momentous mass hurdling across the landscape.
Emotion, the Linguistic Will, and the Topography of Experience
It is the emotional experience that gives birth to the linguistic will. We have no power to choose the force and course of our emotional experience. That is simply subject to physical law. The role of consciousness is to shape the landscape to guide the course of experience. This applies a measure of influence on the future state of being.
The Shifting of the Human Singularity
So far I have been describing this in three-dimensional terms (i.e., landscape). While that analogy is useful, the essence of the idea itself is much more complex.
I’m close to the question now because this is where an understanding of string theory could be helpful.
In the shift of focus from the ego to the linguistic will, consciousness stretches itself to apprehend and attain the focus. In so doing, the nature of its state of being radically changes, along a topographical course. Some facet of that consciousness, taken to an extreme, determines the path of this topographical course.
When this occurs in a way that the subject finds extremely intense, there are a number of possible consequences. Consciousness stretches itself. But it still has a connection to its most fundamental point of focus. This point of focus is the unconscious singularity.
When the extent of the stretch is extreme relative to the singularity, the subject experiences stress. The stress of the subject drags the singularity across the topography. Otherwise, it may become stuck. But here, we’re talking about another subjective-spatial topographical dimension. The force of the flow of experience applies this stress across its own dimensional topography.
I now have the linguistic tools to pose the question. What is the relationship between the frequency of the strings that are relevant to the flow of experience and the way consciousness shapes the topographical landscape?
A Personal Account
Metaphysics, Beingness, and Personality
The Elusive Conclusion
Emotional Innovation as Projection onto Dasein
The Emotional Aesthetic and the Topography of Experience
Time. Time is the element I missed – except that it’s not time in the sense that we’re used to experiencing it, but rather the effect of habit. That is, to what extent is our projection a matter of solid habit? The more habitual it has become, the deeper and more solid the canyon in which we find ourselves from the a priori bound perspective.
I have disillusioned the projection. Some have avoided me because of it. On the other hand, I‘ve witnessed people I didn’t believe in who believed in themselves so strongly that, much to my surprise, they ended up turning me into a believer. The shared characteristic of these is the insistent depth and intensity of their projection.
When you see a certain level of intensity of projection, your immediate thought is that those waters do not run deep, because a fast river is usually a shallow one; but a deep, fast river, ultimately sweeps over everything in its path. But there’s another element to this. It’s related to belief.