December 23, 2012

IGNOU Online Postgraduate Programmes in Applied Integral Studies by ICIS

Sri Aurobindo Devotees: Prayers, Sasi balika Vidya Mandir, 9.30 a.m.; Sri Annai Meditation Centre, 4 p.m.

The Gnostic Centre is a research centre for the growth of consciousness. It was started by a group of 3 young professionals in 1996, who had a dream. The dream slowly formulated itself into a vision for a new kind of educational institution. In those early days we called it by various names. In this attempt to formulate the Vision of a new education, our friend, philosopher and guide was none other than Dr Nirodbaran, literary secretary to Sri Aurobindo, and the scribe for 'Savitri'. However, from the Vision to the reality of building a centre, it took a some years of inner and outer preparation, until the final inauguration of the Centre on 28th March, 1997.  
However, as the Centre and its members and activities expanded, it became clear that we were engaged in the process of discovering an entirely new and unmapped road towards a new kind of education, a research and a new search for an education for the growth of consciousness…. - Landmarks - Underlying Paradigms Upcoming Events: Admissions Open: L'avenir 2013-14 session Vacancy for: PRESCHOOL NURSERY TEACHER for L'avenir Saturdays: 'Savitri' reading by Ameeta Mehra (09:00 to 10:00a.m.) Online Courses: Next Semester begins Jan'13 Website updated: 5 Nov., 2012 The Gnostic Center's - Youtube Channel 

The frame of mind to which popular music originally appealed, on which it feeds, and which it perpetually reinforces, is simultaneously one of distraction and inattention. Listeners are distracted from the demands of reality by entertainment which does not demand attention either.

But I want to argue that this brain process itself is part of the world, and unfolds in the world; and that when we become aware of this, we are perceiving an additional part of what is going on in the world, rather than a second-order representation at a distance from the world.
This also leads back to what Whitehead calls “nonsensuous perception.” Metzinger distinguishes between intentional and phenomenal contents of perceptual experience. What Metzinger calls “intentional” is what happens when the perception is cognized. But, as Whitehead suggests, cognition is only a very belated and complex result of integrating many prehensions: i.e. it is only a derivative (which only happens in certain especially complex cases) of the far more basic pre-cognitive “prehension” of the thing. And this nonsensuous and precognitive sort of perception corresponds, more or less, to what Metzinger calls the “phenomenal” level of experience. Metzinger’s phenomenality (the most basic sort of “consciousness”) is the noncognitive (or precognitive) and affective basis of perception.
This is what I think of as the nonphenomenological and nonintentional — or “autistic” — level of primordial experience. Because it preceides cognition, it is singular and not susceptible to representation: it is, in a Kantian sense, “aesthetic” rather than a matter of “understanding.” Metzinger mentions many sorts of noncognitive perceptions or experiences in his book; think, for instance, of “Raffman qualia,” or shades of color that can be phenomenally experienced by not identified, recognized, recalled, or remembered.

Annual - Issues 5-8 - Page 56 - Sri Aurobindo mandir, Calcutta - 1946 - Coming to the actual arguments for the Illusionist theory, Sri Aurobindo makes a close examination of the applicability of the analogy of dream and hallucination to the world-experience and his main conclusion is that the analogies are utterly ...

How infinitesimals of a material character like the gene and the chromosome can carry in them psychological elements to be transmitted to the physical form that has to emerge from the human seed; it would be at bottom on the same principle in the objectivity of Matter as that which we find in our subjective experience,—for we see that the subconscient physical carries in it a mental psychological content, impressions of past events, habits, fixed mental and vital formations, fixed forms of character, and sends them up by an occult process to the waking consciousness, thus originating or influencing many activities of our nature. Sri AurobindoThe Life Divine Volume-18 > Indeterminates, Cosmic Determinations And The Indeterminable 8:38 AM

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