I was wandering through my thoughts the other day, reflecting on vague recollections of a book I read many years ago titled who owns what’s in your head, or something a kin to that. Ownership of a thing I understand but the contents in my head or yours for that matter, are those such things some how the same as a house or a car?
After all, how do you fit a car inside your head?
A thought certainly is the same as a car but does a thought take up space? What about a novel? A novel certainly takes up space when it is finished even if it exists in digital form but where does all of that come from? Does it take up space when it is nothing more than a compilation of thoughts. Can such a thing be measured? IQ aside, I mean what does IQ really mean other than a basic measure for an individual abilities to deal with mathematics, language and complex problems (logic), where did the idea of IQ come from?
I look around the studio where I am writing this and I honestly can’t figure out how I perceive it the way that it is. The space I am observing is much larger than the space my head takes up so is nothing more than a mental trick, some type of an illusion? I find my self again confronted by Aquinas concept of the Phantasm. For all I know he borrowed the concept from the Greeks by way of Islam and maybe the Greeks borrowed the idea from the Egyptians, I lack any really understanding of the history of the idea. Who am I to judge any way?
Are these carried thoughts in our head along with feelings and creative urges just genetic cargo. The result of our genes functioning and really nonexistent in the end, that Picasso or Kandinsky is just an illusion and nothing more than a genetic exercise. When ever I consider Genetic Determinism this is one of the Walls I run into to. How much of our existence is determined by our genes. Is our every single creative moment, our thoughts and our feelings all contained in our genes at birth and exercises like this nothing more than genes mindlessly interacting with the environment. All other things are simply an illusion?
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to answer the question. Though I don’t think that is a bad thing. Everyone needs a little wonder in their life. This keeps existence from become grey and maudlin.
At any Rate have a better than average day.