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Monday, February 27, 2012

investigation of self III: tangible


i dream of touching myself
feeling soft skin
and believing i am here

8 comments:

  1. just believing? not knowing?
    the feeling of skin - soft or course - on my fingertips is one of the few things that leave no room for doubt.

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  2. truly? is there no room for doubt even with touch? i'd like to say touch is definitive but i'm not sure. not SURE.

    (and isn't knowledge only a very very severe case of belief?)

    xo
    erin

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  3. surely there is a knowledge - or perhaps knowledge is the wrong word - that surpasses belief.

    and no, erin, no room for doubt. let doubt devour everything, everything but touch.

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  4. When Descartes said 'i think therefore I am' ... he was certain of only one thing, not that he existed ... but that he was aware that he existed

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  5. Erin,
    I love the capture once again...how will one not be tempted to doubt the "doubt"...and yes knowledge is a severe case of belief...

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  6. monica, sometimes skin is like a pounding fist on a table and i believe it. and then sometimes i wonder where did the table come from and is the noise only a ruse?

    andreas, i smile and say, ok, yes, i will agree with you, but this doesn't comprise knowledge. this is my willingness to be convinced. i touch. i am touched. real or not, this is enough.

    ian, is this as rock solid as it appears? even inside of this, i'm not quite sure it is irrefutable. not SURE. it feels so. it seems so. the ego seems like something. in fact, the damned ego seems like everything but this is disconcerting, too.

    manik, i laugh. a severe case...sounds contagious like chicken pox. i wonder if there is an immunization against belief. and if there were, what then would the world look like?

    thanks laura:)

    xo
    erin

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