Thursday, December 28, 2006

hard science

Although sleep is first defined in terms of the occurrence or
absence of perception, the existence of dreams shows that
perception (or better, **phantasia**) is not altogether suppresed [sic].

Rather, images which are always present in the body but too feeble to stand up to waking images can be perceived during sleep.

They bubble up in the blood "just like those artificial frogs that float upwards in water as the salt dissolves" (461b15). Aristotle. link.


Anonymous Phil said...

What a writer. What a shock to see his words standing out like that on the web page. "Aristotle our Contemporary." You wonder how much progress philosophy has made all these years. About as much as critical theory, I suspect.

12/29/2006 9:00 AM  
Anonymous tom said...

Thanks Phil. Yes, it's a shock every time I look at old A. He's simply shitloads smart. Not sure progress is relevant in such cases. Regress, egress, depress, repress, supress, otoh...

12/29/2006 5:24 PM  

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