the contextual life

thoughts without borders


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. . . humans have the ability to conceive a past which is not constructed from the materials of our own experience, and which precedes our existence. We are able, in other words, to imagine both a historical and an abstract past. . . .the conception of time outside the present moment is surely a formative act of abstraction altogether. In the apprehension of a “past” and a “future” we recognize the existence of something that is not present to our senses as concrete reality. But such detachment from what we can see, smell or hear is the basic condition of thought altogether—at least, of symbolic thought, as opposed to immediate sensory perception. —time, eva hoffman (2009)


Written by Gabrielle

December 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

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