Deep Ecology – The Mislabeling of an Ontology

For nearly four decades Deep Ecology has featured prominently in Environmental Ethics as one of the key players in the movement to raise environmental consciousness and change the way people behave. But it has unfortunately been maligned as “just another holistic ecology” which seeks to make radical changes in the way humans and human culture interact with the natural environment. It has been tarred as being closely aligned with the non-anthropocentric ethics of nature which opened it to a series of “broadsides” from Murray Bookchin (1988) in the late 1980's which left the movement intellectually crippled. But the attacks launched by Bookchin center on holistic ethics and non-anthropocentrism of which Deep Ecology as it was originally conceived cites neither as being doctrinal to Deep Ecological thought (Naess 1973). (keep reading)

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The Perky Experiments – Clouding Imagination and Perception

In 1910, a series of experiments were conducted that have come to be known as the Perky Experiments. They have achieved an almost mythical statuse, but the result shave been repeated and verified. In the experiments a subject was asked to look at a white wall, and unbeknownst to them a faint image just above the normal threshold of visibility, was back projected in soft focus onto the wall. Subjects to asked to visualise in their mind an image on the wall. (keep reading)

Exploring Consciousness and Perception

Perception and Consciousness represent the psychological lens through which we experience reality. There is some debate as to the precise nature of both phenomenon which will need to be outlined to proceed further we need to understand how both concepts are best understood and why they are more often then not closely linked together. Perception has two distinct meanings which are both applicable here: (1) Represents our ability to see, hear, smell or otherwise become aware through the senses of the world around us and its contents, and (2) is represented by the way in which something is understood, regarded or interpreted. In both cases, this is an accurate definition but alone neither represents a wholly complete explanation of the phenomenon. (keep reading)

The Initial Experience of Things – Perception and Aesthetics

There have been many different answers to the question of what conditions are required to constitute an aesthetic experience. Be it Kant’s disinterested contemplation, imaginative free play, or Hume’s concept of the ideal observer. All seem to be focused on a relatively restricted set of conditions in which the experience can be said to allow for an accurate aesthetic judgement. Within a certain set of conditions, it may be true enough, though the merit of aesthetic judgement itself is not our concern here. Instead let us turn attention towards the initial conditions and components of involved aesthetic experience prior to aesthetic judgement. (keep reading)