Evolutionary Retrogression

From C. H. Hinton, quoted from Tertium Organum by P.D. Ouspensky:


By the same process by which we know about the existence of other men around us, we may know of the high intelligences by whom we are surrounded.  We feel them but we do not realize them.  The power of seeing with our bodily eye is limited to the three-dimensional section.  But the inner eye is not thus limited, we can organize our power of seeing in higher space, and we can form conceptions of realities in this higher space.  We are, with reference to the higher things of life, like blind and puzzled children.  We know that we are members of one body, limbs of one vine, but we cannot discern, except by instinct and feeling, what that body is, what the vine is.

Our problem consists in the diminution of the limitations of our perception.

Nature consists of many entities toward the apprehension of which we strive.

For this purpose new conceptions have to be formed first, and vast fields of observation shall be unified under one common law.  The real history of progress lies in the growth of new conceptions.


from Colin Wilson, BEYOND THE OUTSIDER:

The outsiders–such men as Van Gogh and T.E. Lawrence–only seem to be paradoxical because of an element of self-destructiveness in them; in the light of evolutionary phenomenology, we can see that this destructiveness was only rejection of the “biological man” in an attempt to intensify the dimension of freedom, of evolution.  Like Wells, their condition for consenting to live at all was evolution. . . .the failure of existentialism was the failure to eliminate the preconceptions and fallacies–particularly the Cartesian fallacy.  The way forward lies through the development of language.

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