Reports from this recent two day conference include an array of interesting info, links and information, not to mention new found colleagues working in similar fields of research.
Below I will list all relevant notes taken of interest to my practice: I have also added in some information previously gathered from research into psychologies. Admittedly this is very much an overview of themes discussed within the conference. This overview of extracted relevant excerpts I feel proves vital bullet point reference within the fields of psychology and philosophy. Both very relevant fields to my research aims and thus this literature providing a base platform. Essential historical reference towards alternate methods of perception, and therefore potential modes of Utopian thought as well as signposting toward possible further specific research..
‘Every observer is under the influence of the subject of his/her observation’..
Hypnoid States and Theoretical Excess.
Three spaces: Phenomenological Space. Theoretical Space (Explanitary). Physical Metaphors (this 3rd space is not a mapping of space 2!).
Psychological intentions, whether one successfully relates to ones environment or not? Value ‘judgements’. All basic foundations of our navigating everyday existence.
Psychological assessments (mirroring), (swapping one ‘subjective’ state for another).
Judgement, ‘values’ projected.. relative worth, merit or importance.
David Batho: University of Essex: Visual Agnosia, Heidegger and Perceptual Fallibility:
David talked of subjects of dementia where patients where no longer able to recognize certain meaning in what they saw. Orders of sequence and meaning relating to objects for example. Delusional logic.
Dreyfus: ‘One is absorbed totally in actions thus not aware of themselves’ (Absorbed Coping) Learning to drive for example and the stages of learning:
Unconscious Incompetence, Conscious Incompetence, Conscious Competence, Unconscious Competence. Stages in growth/ learning/ potential: The Johari Window.
Once the subject has been mastered we no longer need devote the same levels of attention to the subject. Has mankind achieved this regards literary existence?
Two modes of existence: Determinate and Non-Determinate. Conscious/ Subconscious.
Heideggers Mistake in Perception: ‘The cup that you are holding/ or, The thirst that you are quenching’
‘People’ on the busy street? Or, Obstacles to be avoided? Infinate modes of perceiving seemingly the same thing?
Necessary ‘Perceptual Shifts’, as a way of ascertaining, reckoning, re ascertaining one’s position in the world, so as to enable evolution. As to remain fully within the absorbed mode is to ‘crash’.. complacency
Heidegger: “Understanding is not propositional knowledge but: KNOW HOW.
‘Dasein’ is absorbing in the things it deals with thus one mistakes its own being for that of the subject/object.
Heidegger: ‘we are what we do’.
The concept of death was debated: Death- to alert us and bring us back to our ‘mineness’ our self authentification of self.
Heidegger- In Being and Time.. Fundamental way of being ‘not utility’ but ‘enjoyment of living’- Eating and drinking fundamentally, for example. Food- nourishment= Life- a way forward, evolution.
Subjectivity- Egoism. Hunger, need.
Satisfaction of needs- Happiness= taking ourselves ‘out of ourselves’.
‘The Face’- ‘The Other’= To put our own worlds into question.
Ethics, enacted by ‘giving to the other’.
Tuuli Roudla PHD Student from the University of Tartu Estonia:
Giambattista Vico: Theory on knowledge: Concerning metaphysics, which seeks proof not in the external world but in the modifications of the mind of him who meditates it.
Imagination, memory. Imagination, phantasy.
Lackoff Johnson: ‘We have a system of metaphors simply because we possess body’s and minds and because of the world which we live in.
Vico’s claim: When trying to express something which id not easily grasped such as the faculties of the mind, we, like painters, turn to our imaginations and thus paint pictures of our projected notions.