Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Multiple Views of Truth are Perceptions

These are a few of the images that resonate with me. For me they are very close to a door of perception. Now I've never done a mescaline trip, so perhaps I've no clue to what a door frame of perception even looks like... but these images are pretty good with a few beers and some colleagues to discuss there deep meaning and what truth is. Would we even know the truth if it walked up and slapped our face?


Translated: "This is not a pipe"


Cover image of book: Godel Escher Bach


This is Truth; while this and that are true

In any article I write that mentions a door of perception - I would be remise if I didn't mention one of my all time favorite poets and musical group - Jim Morrison and the Doors.  Now do you know that the band is named for?


Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception
"Huxley concludes that mescaline is not enlightenment or the Beatific vision, but a "gratuitous grace" (a term taken from Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica).[50] It is not necessary but helpful, especially so for the intellectual, who can become the victim of words and symbols. Although systematic reasoning is important, direct perception has intrinsic value too. Finally, Huxley maintains that the person who has this experience will be transformed for the better."

Cannon (the camera company) has an interesting perspective on photography in this short viedeo from The Lab, Decoy.

See Also:
Is Truth Intractable? Four types of Truth by Glenda Eoyang
We derived the Four Truths from the ontological realms of Habermas, and we have grounded them in real-world practice of Adaptive Action conflict resolution and consulting. They help us distinguish among narratives of reality without getting stuck in trying to prove what cannot be proven. How might you use these categories to influence your understanding, speech, and action? How might the press find support for authentic reporting? How might public servants, including politicians, bureaucrats, and judges, find guidelines for wise action?

Godel Escher Bach An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
This Is Not a Pipe by Michel Foucault
Art of Rene Magritte
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