On Saturday, October 20, 2012 7:10:17 AM UTC-4, rclough wrote:
> The dictionary makes little or no differentiation between sense and 
> sensation, 
> but there is a difference to psychology.  Senses come from the body, 
> sensations are what the mind makes of the the sensual input. Psychology 
> has this to say: 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensation_%28psychology%29 
> " In psychology, sensation and perception are stages of processing of the 
> senses in human and animal systems, 
> such as vision, auditory, vestibular, and pain senses. These topics are 
> considered part of psychology, and not anatomy or physiology, 
> because processes in the brain so greatly affect the perception of a 
> stimulus. Included in this topic is the study of illusions such as 
> motion aftereffect, color constancy, auditory illusions, and depth 
> perception. 
> Sensation is the function of the low-level biochemical and neurological 
> events that begin with the impinging of a 
> stimulus upon the receptor cells of a sensory organ. It is the detection 
> of the elementary properties of a stimulus.[1] 
> Perception is the mental process or state that is reflected in statements 
> like "I see a uniformly blue wall", 
> representing awareness or understanding of the real-world cause of the 
> sensory input. The goal of sensation [I think they meant to say "sense"] is 
> detection, the goal of perception is to create useful information of the 
> surroundings.[2] 
> In other words, sensations are the first stages in the functioning of 
> senses to represent stimuli from the 
>  environment, and perception is a higher brain function about interpreting 
> events and objects in the world.[3] Stimuli from the environment is 
> transformed into neural signals which are then interpreted by the brain 
> through a process called transduction. Transduction can be likened to a 
> bridge connecting sensation to perception. 
> Gestalt theorists believe that with the two together a person experiences 
> a personal reality that is greater than the parts. " 

I say the Gestalt theorists have it right, and go further. It is not 
greater than the sum of it's parts, it is less disconnected than the 
un-division of its parts. I call this trans-rational algebra or 
apocatastatic gestalts. The rejoining of broken parts by eliding their 
presumed granular, sub-personal differences. I think that transduction is 
figurative. Like the steering column turns the axle, not be transmitting a 
ghostly apparition of angular momentum on one plane to another but as a 
confluence of circumstance. The action taking place has multiple 
equivalents on multiple levels or ontological castes, from the micro to the 
macro, personal to impersonal, under-signifying to super-signifying.


> Roger Clough, rcl...@verizon.net <javascript:> 
> 10/20/2012   
> "Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen 

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