WHOLEDUDE – WHOLEDESIGNER – WHOLE PHENOMENON:
The word “Phenomenon” is described as any event, circumstance, or experience that is apparent to the senses and that can be scientifically described or apprised. Phenomenology is described as a study of perceptual experience. Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl(1859-1938), German philosopher and mathematician is the founder of Phenomenology. He offered a descriptive study of consciousness for the purpose of discovering the laws by which experiences of the objective world or of pure imagination can occur. It is my impression that all human experiences of the objective world and of human imagination can occur only under the influence of the Power/Force/Energy called Illusion which is popularly described as “MAYA” in Indian Sanskrit language. To facilitate man’s powers of sensory and intuitive perception, it demands the operation of a mechanism called ‘Illusion’. Man has no choice other than that of gaining perceptual experience under the influence of Mercy, Grace, and Compassion that establishes, supports, and sustains human existence. In this context of the fundamental basis for human existence, the term “Whole Phenomenon” can be stated as any event, circumstance, or experience that can be known by human senses, or the mental faculty called intuition under the influence of Illusion.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF CONSCIOUSNESS:
I share the same concern that was expressed by Edmund Husserl, the Founder of Phenomenology. We need to clarify the term phenomenon and it will become apparent that there can never be a Science of Pure Phenomena as the Subjective and Objective reality of man’s physical existence on planet Earth’s surface depends upon the experience of Illusion. Husserl shared the maxim of the “Philosophy of Consciousness” which states, “All consciousness is consciousness of something.” His chief works were ‘Logical Investigations'(1900-1901), ‘Ideas for a Pure Phenomenology'(1907), ‘Cartesian Meditations(1931), and ‘Experience and Judgment'(1939). Husserl offered a descriptive study of consciousness, he gave a description of the consciousness of time, he discussed a person’s experience of other minds and humans’ lived relationship with the world. He concluded that consciousness has no life apart from the objects it considers. But, in his later works he denied the existence of objects outside of consciousness. Husserl developed a philosophical method devoid of presuppositions by focusing purely on phenomena and elucidating their meaning through intuition. He held that experience is the source of all knowledge. His method of ‘phenomenological reduction’ excludes anything that cannot be perceived, and thus is not immediately given to the consciousness. Husserl’s method involves the study of phenomena, or appearances of human experience while attempting to suspend all consideration of their objective reality or subjective association. He wanted to avoid all philosophical, and scientific presuppositions. He wanted to discover the essential structures and relationships of the phenomena as well as the acts of consciousness in which the phenomena appeared. In his later work, he had suspended or excluded all beliefs about the external existence of the objects of consciousness. In his opinion, this suspension of all references to the reality of the thing experienced left the person with nothing but the experience itself. Husserl divided this experience into the “noesis”(act of consciousness) and the “noema”(object of consciousness). In my view, Husserl had missed to state his understanding of the ‘Seat of Consciousness’. If consciousness is about the experience of something, that experience demands the existence of some material substance, or a Seat of Consciousness. I can mentally imagine the existence of immaterial things, and yet the experience of immaterial objects or things by acts of intuition need a seat of consciousness.
THE METHOD OF PHENOMENOLOGICAL REDUCTION:
Husserl proposed the methodological suspension of all judgments about the character and even about the existence of the objects of consciousness in order to describe experience from inside. He was concerned about what it meant for something to appear, or to be a phenomenon. He found it necessary to suspend judgment about the given reality of things, to “bracket” the data or consciousness, in order to describe them. He had used this method to examine imaginary objects just like other physical objects. He concluded that consciousness is dependent on the object it considers. He had observed, “If all consciousness is subject to essential laws in a manner similar to that in which spatial reality is subject to mathematical laws, then these essential laws will be of most fertile significance in investigating facts of the conscious life of human and brute animals.” While I am not opposed to his phenomenological method, I want to observe that the ‘WholeDesigner’ has already imposed a suspension, or exclusion upon man’s cognitive abilities. Man can only perceive the reality of this physical world as a product of Illusion and will never have consciousness of the fact of its speed of rotational spin.
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