Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dream 12/12/13

Last night, I was dreaming about what I wanted to write about for my final paper for T-440, Teaching and Learning: The Having of Wonderful Ideas.  The first idea I had was about the alterations of a person's reality or epistemology if they (it was a young lady, not sure who she was/was meant to be), if they lived with a homeless man for about a week.  What is food, shelter, health, rest, anger, happiness, a shoe, cleanliness, sunshine, etc...?

The second was, sadly, rooted in truth.  My grandfather, Pappy, has been having trouble with his eyesight over the last few years.  It is very frustrating for Pappy, who is still the toughest sum'bitch that you'd ever wanna meet.  Autonomy's a helluva thing.  Anyway, I was thinking about writing about the change in a person's reality or epistemology as they begin to lose their sight.  What is bright, hot, tall, checking, feeling, running, etc...?

Of course, a portion of the issue is that we're flies stuck in the jar, which is language (Wittgenstein, 1958).  What is the concept or the object that we attempt to name when we say "food," "tall," "happiness," or "shoe"?

Quite obviously, this is the biggest fucking problem I've thought about in a long time, especially because I can ONLY think about it in my language and filtered through my epistemology.  FUCK!


Wittgenstein, L. (1958). Philosophical Investigations. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.


Unknown said...

hairbrained scheme:
yours is a very good idea for a just needs some glamour...or maybe not. If you want glamour, think Ludwig Van Beethoven as he premiered his most beloved symphony - the 9th symphony (otherwise known as a the symphony with "Ode to Joy"). When he premiered it (on May 7 - my birthday) he was almost completely deaf. Of course he did not conduct the symphony (although he was present and making conducting gestures - the real conductor told the orchestra to ignore his gestures). As the symphony ended Beethoven was still making gestures like he was conducting - it wasn't until he was physically turned around by one of the orchestra members that he got to see the audience reaction after the piece - not surprisingly, the audience loved it. With all that being said - how did Beethoven's perception of the things he knew in his daily life - ordinary objects and concepts, change over time as he was experiencing this acute deafness. Did these changes cause him to think about objects and life more deeply - even cause him to be moved by such simple pleasures...which in turn led to his stirring symphony - a celebration of life itself...starting with the big bang? I've been thinking about this a lot lately - well, by "lately", I mean over the past several years. Just thought I'd share. Glad to see you're blogging again. I have your blog in by "blog feeder thing." I can't believe I am typing those words. Thought it would be fun to communicate in this way. Happy New Year! Let's chat again soon.

Unknown said...

btw...this is praveen. ha.

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