Wednesday, February 29, 2012

february editorial

Most of the texts posted this time are things that have taken some time to finish or edit. The discussion in the Stockholm group has moved on. Recently some of us have indulged in a voluminous and partly emotionally engaged discussion starting out from the concept of "cognitive dissonance". Since epistemology is, in our view, one of the fundamental parts of surrealism, this connected to some of our basic concerns and addressed a fairly wide range of more or less crucial questions, including the role of consciousness, the relationship between neuroscience, psychology, biology and phenomenology, the dynamics of thinking, what makes ideas relevant, the place of subjectivity, and - apart from common subjects of squabbling like rationalism, new age, and postmodernism - also leads back to questions of poetic atmosphere, and probably to the ontology of imagination.

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