intellect

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, thinking, consciousness, intellect, modernity, and truth

In characterizing realities no less than in taking positions on issues, consciousness generalizes, i.e. genericizes:  in articulating or formulating, it reduces things, even our own selves, to forms, abstractions, idealizations, types, archetypes, simplisms.  “Thinking” is an activity that ultimately grounds or resolves itself in the satisfying, self-certain form of orthodoxies, preconceptions, uncriticized and imperative norms; and it is overwhelmingly inept to recognize just how pathetic, parasitic or placental is its relation to its “own” fundamental norms of understanding and valuation.  Rarely if ever does any act of thinking grow so laserlike or iconoclastically intensive as to escape from the dense miasma of what is acceptable.  To think what actually is is even more contranatural for humans than to see what actually is:  as subjectivizing as “seeing” is, “thinking” is many degrees or magnitudes more saturated with conditioned biases, delusions, self-deceptions.  A program of hygiene or asepsis for the sanity, acuity and clarity of syncretic or wholesided thinking—a discipline of orthotics for sobering, grounding and polemicizing of well-formed gnoseonoesis—is needless to say unknown in modernity.  Not just language but virtually all of intellect, education, culture, etc. have been adapted into utilities, tools whose very aspectivity militates against the nakedness of “evidence,” which is to say, against candor and against truth:  regardless of what it may be called, “evidence,” even the most obvious and blatant, is in actuality not so “evident” to most people, and the modern development of “sophistication” or “education” typically worsens the obscurantism.

Kenneth Smith

Source: http://www.tcj.com/blog/kenneth-smith-on-the-cave-of-false-consciousness

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, art, literature, spirit, personality, thinking, mind, intellect, life, and psyche

How infinitely happier and more grateful is the whole personality or spirit when it finds something nourishing in art or writing or thinking, than the mere mind or intellect is:  the kinship you celebrate in these personalities is your own dismembered Orpheus stumbling across another fine organ to rejoin to itself.  I put it this way:  aristic psyche loves itself enough to chasten itself, to put itself through boot camp for the sake of being competent for life, alive to life.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by David Abram on language, writing, earth, land, intellect, and mind

The alphabetized intellect stakes its claim to the earth by staking it down, extends its dominion by drawing a grid of straight lines and right angles across the body of a continent – across north America, across Africa, across Australia – defining states and provinces, counties and countries with scant regard for the oral peoples that already live there, according to a calculative logic utterly impervious to the life of the land.

If I say that I live in the “United States” or in “Canada,” in “British Colombia” or in “New Mexico,” I situate myself within a purely human set of coordinates. I say little or nothing about the earthly place that I inhabit, but simply establish my temporary location within a shifting matrix of political, economic, and civilizational forces struggling to maintain themselves, today, largely at the expense of the animate earth. The great danger is that I, and many other good persons, may come to believe that our breathing bodies really inhabit these abstractions, and that we will lend our lives more to consolidating, defending, or bewailing the fate of these ephemeral entities than to nurturing and defending the actual places that physically sustain us.

David Abram

Source: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Vintage), Pages: 267

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by David Abram on intellect, reason, humanity, earth, and animals

Does the human intellect, or “reason,” really spring us free from our inherence in the depths of this wild proliferation of forms? Or on the contrary, is the human intellect rooted in, and secretly borne by, our forgotten contact with the multiple nonhuman shapes that surround us on every hand?

David Abram

Source: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (Vintage), Pages: 49

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz on intellect, mind, reason, and philosophy

Every mind has a horizon in respect to its present intellectual capacity but not in respect to its future intellectual capacity.

Gottfried Leibniz

Source: Leibniz and the Kabbalah, p.115

Contributed by: Creative Philosopher

A Quote by Carl Gustav Jung on pretend, understand, world, intellect apprehend, feeling judgment, intellect, half, truth, honest, understanding, and inadequacy

We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
[Variant translation: We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.]

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

Source: Psychological Types, or, The Psychology of Individuation (1921) Conclusion, p. 628

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on intellect, intelligence, mind, and brain

The naked intellect is an extraordinarily inaccurate instrument.

Madeleine L'Engle

Source: A Wind in the Door

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by masami saionji on prayer, intellect, and experiencing the moment

Focus on the moment, not when you are praying with your intellect, but when you are fully experiencing the prayer

masami saionji

Source: Daily Reflections (8)

Contributed by: Taikunping

A Quote by G. K. Chesterton on eye, heart, intellect, and g k chesteron

"There is a road from the eye to the heart
 that does not go through the intellect."

~G.K. Chesterton~

G. K. Chesterton

Contributed by: mimi

A Quote by Galileo Galilei on sense, reason, intellect, and god

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended for us to forego their use.

Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)

Contributed by: Rachel

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