What does the word subject designate? A name inevitably involves choosing between one statement of reality and another. In identifying with it we allude ourselves that we are subtracting it from the mutability of time. What is that fixed, atemporal image of ourselves that we call I? What is its semantic value and how can we come to know it? Again, who am I referring to…
A constantly changing chimera
More than a century ago psychoanalysis set neurology and psychiatry an unprecedented challenge by revealing that the effects of the unconscious are more potent than those of consciousness, and that unconscious drives are constantly trying to surface in conscious life.
The uneasy bond with things
As a rule we do not give any thought to how objects appear to our consciousness. Nor to how conscious acts appear to our reflection. Objects never emerge from their silence.
Alla base del faro non c’è luce ..
Non sapremo mai in che modo pensieri e voci si compongono in quel perfetto mistero che chiamiamo libro. Scrivere è, inevitabilmente, un’esperienza delle vicissitudini del linguaggio e delle sue parole che, come frammenti di testi remoti, riprendono a vivere aprendosi all’avvenire. Come se, a nostra insaputa e instancabilmente, un testo segreto avesse lavorato in noi per dar vita a costellazioni di senso, a domande senza risposta…
On the spontaneous order of consciousness
We would require a minutely detailed natural history in order to grasp what an extraordinary innovation the emergence of mind was in the evolution of the human race, and above all to clarify the scope of those behavioural models which rewarded the individuals who were best able to respond to the unforeseeable events that took place around them and to cater for their own essential requisites….
An invisible sovereignty
We do not really know what awareness is, nor what it has to do with the tangible world. Even if we grant it a biological function, we do not know if it is merely the surface effect of a brain that evolved for other purposes. In practice, evolution has often produced mismatches: biology invented culture, but culture has not done much to improve human nature: one…