In light of my interview today with Kory French on BreakThru Radio of NYC, Kory sent me the following email containing an interesting point:
Great conversation this morning. I am looking forward to the final cut. Interestingly, I read the following in an Arts Journal after we spoke and thought further on the subject: “Nihil est in intellectu quin prius fuerit in sensu”, “Nothing is found in the intellect which was not first found in the senses.” (Aristotle).
It made me think: Yes, nothing may be a complex concept for us to grasp, perhaps even ‘impossible’, but what is our sense of it? Does the mind not gather from experience and relativity already stored therein in order to make sense of the insensible? If this is true, than the mind is ‘gathering’ from something and is therefore unable to grasp nothing. Therefore, the only possibility for us when it comes to nothing is to sense it, not grasp it. Sense acts as a provider to the mind rather than a consumer of its products. The mind will always seek to pull from the feeling of sense, leaving sensation as the only possible conduit to nothingness.
(The quoted text is from: “A Gathering of Artistic Research: From New Science to Nameless Science” by Ross Birrell (Spring, 2009) and can be found at: http://www.artandresearch.org.uk/v2n2/v2n2editorial.html)
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