Critical Essays &  Long Poems

The three philosophy-of-mind essays included in this group are (10-20 page) descriptive journeys into the depths and limits of the human mind. They constitute a single triad that undergirds the principle points of the first essay below, which, in turn, provides a profound and disciplined contextualization of the main expression addressed artistically and critically upon this site. The long-poems and lyrical mythologies that follow the critical essays  are also inspired by the same profound themes, but are rendered in an artistic format.

The first critical essay, 'Becoming Negative Space' is a broad outline that retains a fruitful reference to seemingly antagonistic notions from Eastern and Western traditions of thought related to the fundamental notion of 'mind'. The subject matter is of course consciousness itself, and the more primary sentient sensations upon which its more embellished flowerings are based. In the essay, the limits of consciousness are emphasized not only to assist a more disciplined description consciousness itself, but also to assert that the basic inability of our capacity to penetrate into the unknowable source of all that exists for our style of mind establishes a creative tension by virtue of that very 'lack'. It creates an untenable imbalance that drives further inquiry, as well as the cultural productions of the human mind itself. This dynamic is intrinsic to the style of the human intellect itself.

The second essay— Perception: More Than Meets The Eye' could actually be read as a necessary pre-requisite to the first essay by virtue of the fact that it introduces and remains largely in the confines of expressing the active nature of perception (and core sentience) in general, relative to the more profound consequences of our difficulty conceiving such an active process, as expanded in the first essay above. This essay hones in on the neglected presuppositions that some emerging artificial intelligence models still harbor; emphasizing the need for a shift in thinking whereby perceptual processes are properly understood to be active with regard to an emergent sense of agency in our models, and not passive processes that merely shuttle detected object information to an "aware witness" somewhere in proposed process __X__ , or simply tacitly assumed, but never articulated.

The third essay 'Sentience: The Instantiation' provides the key clinical conditions and theoretical models discussed in the cognitive science literature that were previously analyzed to subsequently provide the source material for the principle points utilized in the first essay above. (The first essay in this triad was written more recently and covers a wider domain of inquiry and expression than the other two essays of this group. Consider essay three the expanded footnotes and source material for the cognitive science portions of essay one).

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The POETIC NARRATIVE Doubt Dialogues is a short narrative presented through a mix of poetry and prose. It hints beyond the logical limits of our conceptual models, where there remains always a non-disclosable hint; a "negative space" to all of this positive display of our beliefs and models. It is organized around a long-poem style dialogue between a young Anxious Buddha and a mature Anxious Buddha who are brought together through a shared and consistent DOUBT.

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Below the critical and poetic essays, the CONTEXTUAL THEMES & INTROS section provides a briefer 'abstract' of the essays, as well as additional articles and context for the Animated Introductions to the digital-art compositions (See also Animated Intros for digital art gallery sections). Immanent Sky takes up the same general themes by presenting a lyrical Mythology of Lack.

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Poetic Narratives

Doubt Dialogues is a long-poem dialogue between a young Anxious Buddha and a mature Anxious Buddha. (The story of the emergence of Anxious-Buddha). A second version of Doubt Dialogues—With Descriptive Notes is available from a link at the end of the PDF.

Philosophy-of-Mind Essays

Becoming Negative Space is a philosophical outline for a descriptive "Metaphysic of Lack"— the creative dynamic at play with the task of human-becoming, by virtue of the fact that "being" is always intrinsically incomplete for us.
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Perception: More Than Meets The Eye is an essay that is designed to principally emphasize the point that Artificial Intelligence models require a description of perception as active, not a passive shuttling of 'detected' patterns.
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Sentience: The Instantiation is a critical look at some contemporary models for consciousness and how they fall short by ultimately denying sentience to so-called "empty" processes at the same time that they are asserted as basic.
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Immanent Sky is a lyrical rendering of the Mythology of Lack

Contextual Themes & Intros (April 2017)

See also  'Doubt Dialogues' above

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