mindstructures

The Divided Brain

About the difference between the left and right hemisphere of our brain.

David Bohm on Communication

If the meaning of communication is to convey information or knowledge from one person to another, then the essence of communication is ‘to make something common’.

Dialogue as a special kind of communication, is ‘to make something IN common’. Or creating something new together.

But in most cases there is a HUGE problem in the exchange of meaning between people. Meanings are similar but not identical. Which can be a real problem if people get to focus on just their own meaning.

But if done right, it can also lead to something new.

The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is "man" in a higher sense - he is "collective man," a vehicle and moulder of the unconscious psychic life of mankind.

—Carl Jung

There may be something important to be learned from any other human being. Such an attitude would make true dialogue possible, in which all participants are in the creative ‘middle ground’ between the extremes of ‘perfection’ and ‘imperfection’. In this ground, a fundamental transformation could take place which goes beyond either of the limited extremes and includes the sociocultural dimension.

—David Bohm in Science, Order and Creativity

An Aesthetic Experience

"An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak. When you are present in the current moment. When you are resonating with the excitement of this thing that you are experiencing. When you are fully alive.

An an-aesthetic is when you shut your senses off, and deaden yourself to what is happening.

We are getting our children through education by anaesthetizing them. We should be doing the exact opposite. We should not be putting them to sleep. We should be waking them up to what they have inside of themselves.”

- Ken Robinson