20 thoughts on “Wave. A painting by Clarissa Galliano, Berkshire, England

  1. Hello Haitch. Since you haven’t posted for awhile, I will browse your gorgeous collection of photos of paintings, and comment here. What are you reading? I’m still pondering your calling me a materialist once upon a time. Along that vein, I’m reading Michael Pollan’s book about psychedelics (How to Change Your Mind). Hope things are well with you. Lovely painting!

    • Hi Julie. Thanks for stopping by my sleepy blog site. I’ve not posted here for over a year now as I’ve been doing some long-form writing again and didn’t want to get too distracted in the blogosphere. I’m currently reading a collection of Virginia Woolf’s essays, and have just read and reread V.W.’s The Waves. I just looked-up Michael Pollan’s book on Amazon and it looks interesting. I don’t have huge experience with psychedelics, and none with the more exotic kinds, although I would say they led me quite readily to appreciate that we create the world in our minds (as we apprehend it, I mean). It’s sort of obvious that’s so really, but of course we don’t live in the world treating it as the mind creation that it is (again, as experienced — I presume there’s something out there!). Thanks for appreciating Clarissa’s paintings; they really are gorgeous I think. All the very best, Hariod.

      • What triggered a Virginia Woolf path for you? I’m afraid Pollan is sugary in comparison. A beach read for exploratory thinkers. Zero experience with psychedelics myself, but am enjoying reading about someone else’s struggling to bridge gaps between science, skepticism, faith in something out there, and how trees communicate. Happy reading and writing!

        • I was interested in reading some fiction about interiority, something which stepped outside of the more common forms of narrative exposition and went into experience as it presents to the subject, along with the chaotic, fractured thinking and memory that our inner life constantly spews up and which is carefully hidden from others in the world, so read (then immediately reread) Mrs Dalloway. Michael Pollan was on BBC radio yesterday, coincidentally, and talking about how he was now open to viewing consciousness as something not necessarily tethered to the brain and nervous system, despite describing himself as a Scientific Materialist at the outset of his explorations for the book. It didn’t sound as though he was talking about Panpsychism, in which all objects have some form of subjectivity, but rather that some aspect of consciousness is a fundamental property of the universe — which is something David Chalmers has posited. He was in discussion with a chap who’d just written a book about cephalopods (the octopus in particular) and how their brains extend right throughout their bodies, so everything they touch they also taste simultaneously. So, it was a discussion about how consciousness isn’t the fixed thing we humans assume it to be, far from it, and that the world only appears as it is due to the nature of our mechanisms for detecting it. Thanks for your best wishes, Julie, the writing’s coming along pretty good — meaning I’m learning by making lots of mistakes.

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