"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau
last updated September 19th, 2004 and is permanently morphing...
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1. a. Proceeding from or taking place within a person's mind such as to be unaffected by the external world. b. Particular to a given person; personal: subjective experience.
2. Moodily introspective.
3. Existing only in the mind; illusory.
4. Psychology. Existing only within the experiencer's mind.
5. Medicine. Of, relating to, or designating a symptom or condition perceived by the patient and not by the examiner.
6. Expressing or bringing into prominence the individuality of the artist or author.
7. Grammar. Relating to or being the nominative case.
8. Relating to the real nature of something; essential.
- subjec´tively adverb
- subjec´tiveness or sub´jectiv´ity (sùb´jèk-tîv´î-tê) noun
Matter: Matter in general:
selfhood, myself, me, yours truly, self
ego, id, superego
psyche, higher self, spiritual self, spirit
intrinsicality: subjectiveness, subjectivity
self: self, ego, id, identity, selfhood, personality, subjectivity
error: subjective error, subjectivity, unrealism, mistaken belief, wishful thinking, doublethink, self-deceit, self-deception
fantasy: subjectivity, autosuggestion
We can escape the commonplace
only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams
or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.
Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, Introduction (1967; tr. 1983).
Bias and impartiality is
in the eye of the beholder.
Lord Barnett (b. 1923), British Conservative politician. Independent (London, 12 July 1990).
Nobody, I think, ought to
read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal
more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest
merit is suggestiveness.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64), U.S. author. Hilda, in The Marble Faun, ch. 41 (1860).
When you're in the muck you
can only see muck. If you somehow manage to float above it, you still see
the muck but you see it from a different perspective. And you see other
things too. That's the consolation of philosophy.
David Cronenberg (b. 1943), Canadian filmmaker. Cronenberg On Cronenberg, ch. 3 (ed. by Chris Rodley, 1992).
I shut my eyes and all the
world drops dead;
I lift my eyes and all is born again.
Sylvia Plath (1932-63), U.S. poet. Mad Girl's Love Song.
He that is giddy thinks the
world turns round.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English dramatist, poet. The Widow, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 5, sc. 2.
I see every thing I paint
in this world, but everybody does not see alike. To the eyes of a miser
a guinea is more beautiful than the sun,
and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than
a vine filled with grapes.
William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, painter, engraver. Letter, 23 Aug. 1799 (published in The Letters of William Blake, 1956).
Fools and Follies
In days gone by, we were
afraid of dying in dishonor or a state of sin. Nowadays, we are afraid
of dying fools. Now the fact is that there is no Extreme Unction to absolve
us of foolishness. We endure it here on earth as subjective eternity.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. _Cool Memories_, ch. 4 (1987; tr. 1990).
Those "elements," seen through the medium of the mix - reveal to us a place where different voices, rhythms, and tones fuse to create a syncretic flow of sound as externalized memory. They become epiphenomena whose central purpose is to act as a mnemonic device: the social construction of subjectivity is informed by the memories that become the shared text of an attenuated media environment made possible by a variable architecture synthesized from the tones that comprise its forms. C.S. Pierce noted in his idea of semiosis a similar unfolding of human expression, albeit without its cybernetic inplications (although they are implicit in his work I believe), when he wrote back in the 19th century "that since any thought, there must have been a thought, has its analogue in the fact that, since any past time, there must have been an infinite series of times. To say, therefore, that thought cannot happen in an instant, but requires time, is but another way of saying that every thought must be interpreted in another, or that all thought is in signs." - DJ Spooky
The fact that consciousness is a subjective trans-dimensional bridge linking many realms, explains why shamanic states cannot be measured in three-dimensional terms, although our imagined protocols may be in some sense "objective", it is impossible to objectify the consciousness trying to measure itself by them!
- Jim DeKorne
"I like the idea of the aesthetics of the idea at the moment you're hearing it. Like, not that you're disagreeing with it necessarily, it's just to be sort of taken in and processed. Obviously, some are gonna resonate; others, y'know--people are going to take it differently. It's all about your own personal, highly subjective experience. I don't think it would ever be the same for two people. "
- Richard Linklater re: _Waking Life_ (avi)(216.4megs in two parts)/(vhs/ntsc)
"The universe is the communion of subjects, not a collection of objects." - _The Dream Of The Earth_ by Thomas Berry