October 2008


I’ve become known for my anti-representationalist stance.  The idea of building a simulacrum of the world within the head seems ridiculous.  Yet my approach demands that we recognize that as we look outwards, and understand the categories and structure of the world, that we recognize that we are looking at ourselves.  We can only see things from our perspective.  This leads to the odd situation that instead of seeing the world in the nervous system, I seem to be suggesting that we see the nervous system in the world.  Perhaps we are converging.  The only casualty will be our fictive selves.

It is increasingly apparent to me that we need to develop an aesthetics of thought.  Once we rid ourselves of the illusion that we are “doing” our thoughts, rather than simply having them, we will recognize that some thoughts are inherently more beautiful than others.  What separates a beautiful thought from an ugly one is not a matter of content in any simple sense.  And we will learn to coordinate our lives such that the beautiful thoughts have a greater likelihood of occurrence than the ugly ones.  Perhaps they will be mathematical in nature.  I don’t know.  I would like to devote my life to the proposition that we can and will develop an aesthetics of thought.