Our perception of reality gives rise to a shroud of illusion. In truth, yellow isn't yellow, and hot isn't really hot. The flavor of caviar is a human peccadillo. We tend not to realize where our humanity ends and the universe begins.


Perhaps chemically imbalanced souls -- those with mania, schizophrenia, clinical depression, acute psychosis, etc. -- get taken out of consensus reality (i.e. normal awareness) to a sufficient degree that they are able to see, with their altered perceptions, how truly limited it is and how extraordinary alternative realities can be. Perhaps this sort of phenomenon is what enables so many of them to have creative gifts and visionary perspectives.


Not to focus on something is to focus on it.


Much, much more often than not, one's first impression, one's instinct, is correct.


Women don't seem to report the same experiences on psychedelics as men.


I've been more and more aware of the fragmentation at the heart of language. Written language, of course, is clearly discrete and fragmentary, and this has extended to spoken language for most people because when people speak, we subliminally associate the letters, as individual phonemes, to the words people speak. There was a time, long ago -- before written language -- during which, even though individual phonemes were being sounded, language was more like music -- very fluid, often rhythmic, sonorous and sometimes poetic. It's too bad we can't hear and speak that way anymore. The linguistic continuum is for us permanently disjointed.


When one perceives things, nothing static or passive is going on. Rather, one's brain is constantly interpreting neural data and generating perceptual data to ensure that the reality one is witnessing makes sense and has cohesion in observation. We are constantly generating active pictures that result from an interaction between our brains and minds to make sense of the rather chaotic raw data falling on our senses. As Nietzsche said, we are all greater artists than we realize.


Perhaps what people mean when they say, "You create the world," is rather that you have a psychological faculty that generates interpretations?


Every experience one has ever had is recorded in one's memory. It is simply a question of being able to access that record.




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