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Being with the Without by Jean-Luc Nancy, Sa Cavalcante Schuback Marcia

By Jean-Luc Nancy, Sa Cavalcante Schuback Marcia

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Or better said, everyone knows this full well-so long as he is not a bifurcationist. But what about SX: why is this not perceptible? There are those, presumably, who would argue that a rigid sphere, for instance, can very well be perceived. But whereas, strictly speaking, this turns out not to be the case, 2 the contention is actually beside the point. For the question before us is not whether such things as rigid spheres can be perceived, but whether SX can be, and that is quite another matter.

But let us suppose that somehow the mind is able to 'read the computer': to transform neuronal information into a perceptual image: what then? The resulting scenario of the perceptual act is evidently tantamount to an observer watching monitors hooked up to an external source. One might think that by now all is well, and that having come thus far one has at last arrived at a viable model. But such is not the case: for what our observer perceives is obviously a picture on a monitor and not the external object at all.

13. Physics and Philosophy (New York: Harper & Row, 1958 ), p 81. II WHAT IS THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE? ONE wouLD LIKE TO SAY that the physical universe is simply the world as conceived by the physicist; but then, it is far from clear just how the physicist does conceive of the world. One must remember, in the first place, that physics has undergone a stupendous development, and continues to progress by leaps and bounds. And what is more, there has of late been little agreement among physicists as to what it is, exactly, that physics is bringing to light.

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