I am reading David Bohm, Thought as a System. A few quotes below to the
theme that is quite often under discussion here.
p. 72 “We have to be able to think on this clearly; even though, as I
said, that by itself won’t really change the reflexes. But if we don’t
think of it clearly then all our attempts to get into this will go
wrong. Clear thinking implies that we are in some way awakened a little
bit. Perhaps there is something beyond the reflex which is at work – in
other words, something unconditioned.”
p. 72 “The question is really: is there the unconditioned? If everything
is conditioned, then there’s no way out. But the very fact that we are
sometimes able to see new things would suggest that there is
unconditioned. Maybe the deeper material structure of the brain is
unconditioned, or maybe beyond.”
p. 72 “If there is the unconditioned, which could be the movement of
intelligence, then there is some possibility of getting into this.”
p. 73 “If we say that there cannot be the unconditioned, then it would
be foolish for us to try to do anything with the conditioning. Is that
p. 72 “If we once assume that there cannot be the unconditioned, then
we’re stuck. On the other hand, if we assume that there is the
unconditioned, again we are going to be stuck – we will produce an image
of the unconditioned in the system of conditioning, and mistake the
image for the unconditioned. Therefore, let’s say that there may be the
unconditioned. We leave room for that. We have to leave room in our
thought for possibilities.”
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