"after the publication of Descartes' Meditations . . . material reality came to be commonly spoken of as a strictly mechanical realm, as a determinate structure whose laws of operation could be discerned only via mathematical analysis . . . Descartes laid the foundation for the construction of the objective . . . sciences . . .Yet these sciences consistently overlook our ordinary, everyday experience of the world around us . . . The everyday world in which we hunger and make love is hardly the mathematically determined 'object' toward which the scientists direct themselves . . . the world in which we find ourselves before we set out to calculate and measure it is not an inert or mechanical object but a living field, an open and dynamic landscape subject to its own moods and metamorphoses (italics added here)."
For me, the image above is one which makes clear what Abrams is saying. Two further comments: this distinction between an "objective" mathematical world and the living field within which we always already come to consciousness is one that eventually led me to dissatisfaction when I was studying scientific biology. And it is my response to what someone once told me: he only saw in the world the beauty that science revealed. To which I can only reply, look again. Carefully (i.e., not curslily) looking at the image above (i.e., reflecting on, letting it come fully awake in you), and one comes to see a great deal more than what physics, chemistry or biology tells us about it.
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