Antoni Tapies

Antoni Tapies

Monday, June 22, 2015


I've been reading about infinite regression for a time, thanks to Jorge Luis Borges and his fascination with philosophy, being the librarian of the Argentina National Library, and a quite able writer. I've read enough through Borges and Wikipedia to realize that Thomas Aquinas in his 'Summa Theologica' suggested that just by infinite regression consciousness itself 'proves' the existence of a supreme consciousness, a 'God' if you will. "As in the case of motion, nothing can cause itself, and an infinite chain of causation is impossible, so there must be a First Cause, called God." I'm not sure I entirely agree with that premise though. Something must have caused that consciousness, and something caused that also, ad infinitum.

Consciousness does seem necessary. I wonder if the Universe could exist without it? Did it arise out of nothing, or your basic elements? Aquinas suggests that consciousness is an element itself, and eternal. Another scientist of a sort, Carl Jung, suggested from evidence of his own and other's experience that consciousness permeates existence, the 'collective unconscious'. It seems to me this accounts for telepathy. Just having a word for thought transference is indicative. In my life I have had many instances where I would say the same thing as another at the same time, or be thinking precisely  something that I hear another say. It is unnerving when I think of someone and they appear momentarily. These things have happened to me so many times that I barely notice anymore. That said, I can easily see how a human would not like this idea, sharing consciousness, just for autonomy reasons. And the brain is structured in such a way as to allow this restriction. Taken to extremes some brains are shut off from all such thoughts and functions, finding them anathema, your skeptics so to speak.

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