Friday, September 3, 2010

plants & subjective/objective reality

how does a plant experience life?

plants have no sensory organs, unlike humans, with which to experience life, but 'to live' by definition, encompasses experience of life - so how?

i suppose it would be a bit like a human being born without senses from birth - they would be living, but their consciousness would be radically different from that of their peers, because they do not have the same or similar experiences around which to base their personality... for what are we, if not a reflection of our relations?

furthermore, humans, and indeed, all animals have a subjective experience: no matter if life is individual or unitive, the experience is still subjective - just in a slightly different way (or is it that different, after all? i am but one man yet i am composed of many smaller elements that come together to form the whole; does that not make me many in the same way that a collective consciousness must be?) so then, the question that remains, is it possible to experience life through an objective point of view? to do so one would have to live outside of life, which i speculate would be impossible, as complete and total dissociation must occur prior. this might be conceivable through either meditation or dissociative drugs such as salvia or ketamine, yet, i think perhaps even then a subjective view might remain as it would be leftover from memories and previous interaction with personal & intimate reality.

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  12. You can live objectively ,but it'd be pretty dull. Take in all the data but not draw and conclusions or make any associations...

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  13. Very interesting read, it would be very difficult to see life through an object. I feel as though humans are sometimes objects for they are used over and over again (sorry sounds all emo) but I guess in a sense, that's how we relate to objects

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