The Thinking Poet

 

Reason Intuition & Truth

JOURNAL EXTRACTS CONCERNING REASON, INTUITION AND TRUTH

MAY 13 2005

Reason is that which by virtue of analysis or intuition, promotes an assurance of truth. Truth is axiomatic, non-analysable in terms of concepts. It is the truth that yields the certainty of something felt that binds us in the joy of an “AH HA” moment. In that moment we are in no doubt about being united with the source of truth. This source is traditionally deified. In contact with truth we know with the closeness of love that we are at the very centre of the creative and pro-creative ground from which we spring.

In our ecstasy, inhabiting as we do , bodies that interact sensually, perceptually and symbolically with what we come to designate as a conceptually constructed environment – the environment – we come to refer to a phenomenal world . This construct is built entirely from conceptual symbols upon which we hang the truth, in order to make it available to the truth we would ever express. But the framework so constructed is NOT the truth; merely its vehicle of expression, in the same way as a musical instrument is the vehicle of expression of music.

Analysis is correlated with electro-chemical cerebral functions involving the conscious self (ego) with a sensory – perceptual interface.

 

MAY 14 2005

Intuition is “enabling unconscious”. When we experience it with a sense of certainty “assurance of truth” moves into a non-material, supernatural unconscious mode or realm of knowing.

That reason involves a duality of being sits happily with C.S. Lewis’ “argument for reason” . He argued that rational inference could not be accounted for in terms of a mindless system of physics and chemistry, i.e. as a by-product of a fundamentally unpurposive system. He maintains that Reason is independent of the natural word of operational concepts that are sterile of purpose.

The natural world is a conceptual construct the elements of which are MATTER (particles) and MOTION (energy).But if it be argued that motions of atoms in my brain ARE my mental processes I HAVE NO REASON TO SUPPOSE MY BELIEFS TO BE TRUE. (Haldane)