On light, vision and knowledge

Konstantin Yuon, ‘A New Planet,’ 1921. Tempera on cardboard, The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

There is light. Light enables vision of a world in flux and in perceiving the world we desire to know it, to move towards absolute knowledge of it. Yet whence that light and where does that world exist – are we in it or is it in us? What is the method for knowing it? How do we bring into play the full range of our capacities? As a materialist or as an ‘idealist’? As one who holds that objective reality or matter is primary or as one who holds that consciousness or ‘mind’ takes precedence? What is the difference between ‘X is idealistic’ and that X is philosophically committed thus? Can we not use the lesson in that distinction to overcome a crippling impediment to the development of our knowledge, thereby enhancing both our ability to know the world and the potential for greater harmony in our lives in relating with it?

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The Australian academic’s understanding of vision

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A testudo formation of dotted ‘is’, crossed ‘ts’ and referencing to the hilt, standard bearer at the rear – inching forward, together.

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Australia: big-picture culture, big-picture leadership

Australia's Prime Minister Abbott shirt-fronts the big issues at the G20

Prime Minister Abbott shirt-fronts the big issues at the G20

The Sydney Morning Herald 18.11.14

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