Carried by his well-informed connected mind, I felt that his is the scale of thought that is needed in any attempt, misguided or not, to 'improve the world' (or 'to improve our industrialising life' as I prefer to put it... )
I look up and see coots swimming, diving, squawking and chasing each other, with wings flapping, across the surface of the water...
And now, given these two thoughts (equally satisfactory!) I set off to walk while it's still light...
And then, as I looked at a block of flats showing above a row of trees, I realised that I was inferring the presence of the their lower stories - what if objects hidden behind nearer objects don't exist?...
As I walked on beneath a pale blue sky thinking these visual thoughts I saw the whole scene as if magically changed... Yes, I said to myself, I am perceiving that my perceiving has altered, at least for the moment.
The city lit up as is this screen . Simlt te fom nntts- [fragmentary note: it became too dark to write properly.]
Here are some of the his words that I marked while reading chapter V, on evolution:
p130: When a single specialization becomes highly effective for its purpose, it tends to become so inextricably entangled in the circumstances of a particular place and time, that it can never be disentangled... the surround is always becoming another surround. A specialization outlives its use. It can become a fatal encumbrance. The more general has to be repeated, as a starting-point for fresh departure...[A refutation of 'survival of the fittest' - when the context changes it's more like 'survival of the unfit'!]
[Except when writing science fiction perhaps?]
p140: Many living things are all the time busy becoming something other than what they are.
p137: ...our mind is the vertebrate mind.
p138: The imagination of the medium during trance, instead of revealing unearthliness, is earth-bound with a banality that the literary imagination does not suffer...
p138: ...Mind's earthliness innately shapes all it does, perhaps most when it tries to be unearthly.
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