Excruciatingly Large Things

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On The Nature of Experience

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On epileptically induced ecstasy:

"There are moments, and it is only a matter of five or six seconds, when you feel the presence of the eternal harmony...a terrible thing is the frightful clearness with which it manifests itself and the rapture with which it fills you. If this state were to last more than five seconds, the soul could not endure it and would have to disappear. During these five seconds I live a whole human existence, and for that I would give my whole life and not think that I was paying too dearly...."

Fyodor Dostoevsky

On drug induced hallucination:
"To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large— this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual."

Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception
On attaining religious experience:

"This task is so exacting and its fulfillment so advantageous, that he forgets himself in the process, losing sight of his instinctual nature and putting his own conception of himself in place of his real being. In this way he slips imperceptibly into a purely conceptual world where the products of his conscious activity progressively replace reality."

Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self

On these realities and more:
"The sentiment of reality can indeed attach itself so strongly to our object of belief that our whole life is polarized through and through, so to speak, by its sense of the existence of the thing believed in, and yet that thing, for the purpose of definite description, can hardly be said to be present to our mind at all. "

William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incredible quotes, thanks for that!

November 09, 2005 11:12 PM    

Blogger Danieru said...

for some more great quotes please check out this previous post... enjoy!

November 10, 2005 1:39 AM    

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the nature of experience:
On the human hand:
quote: our hands reveal also reliable information about the state of our psyche - Is this really a fact? Many psychological experiments have show that perception of single individuals on their authentic expercience is very questionable indeed. Thanks, Martijn.

August 19, 2006 12:33 PM    

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