“When Zen teachers introduce students to nirvana (which the MOQ translates as the world of pure undifferentiated value) they do not do so with books and thesis. They sit the students in a room until their clutter of intellectual knowledge is abandoned (especially values judgments!) and the pure vision of the newborn infant is regained” (McWatt 2004, 83).
"Only new-born babes, or men in semi-coma from sleep, drugs, illnesses, or blows, may be assumed to have an experience pure in the literal sense of that which is not yet any definite what, tho ready to be all sorts of whats; full both of oneness and of manyness, but in respects that don't appear; changing throughout, yet so confusedly that its phases interpenetrate and no points, either of distinction or ofidentity, can be caught. Pure experience in this state is but another name for feeling or sensation. But the flux of it no sooner comes than it tends to fill itself with emphases, and these salient parts become identified and fixed and abstracted; so that experience now flows as if shot through with adjectives and nouns and prepositions and conjunctions. Its purity is only a relative term, meaning the proportional amount of unverbalized sensation which it still embodies." - William James - Essays in Radical Empiricism.
I'd say "emotions" are among the "feelings and sensations" but are relatively narrow, low-level aspect of experience, i.e. a biological response to Quality or the body's reaction to direct experience.
> Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2012 12:00:33 -0700
> From: jhmau@comc... > To: moq_discuss@moqt... > Subject: Re: [MD] Is Quality a monism?
> Hi DMB and All,
> Concepts are static and discontinuous. Reality is dynamic and flowing!
> For myself this describes SQ/DQ. There is an aspect of reality that is
> indefinable DQ. And I know the indefinable! How? Emotionally!. Does that
> make women who are closer to babies emotionally more in touch with DQ? It
> seems obvious!
> On 7/7/12 11:16 AM, "david buchanan" <dmbuchanan@hotm...> wrote:
> > " 'There must always be a discrepancy between concepts and reality, because
> > the former are static and discontinuous while the latter is dynamic and
> > flowing.' Here James had chosen exactly the same words Phaedrus had used for
> > the basic subdivision of the Metaphysics of Quality."
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