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Saturday September 7th 2019Tim Candler9

 

     Bishop Berkeley's point was that we don't see distance in terms of geometry, we see distance in terms of a combination of size and distance. In short we have a sense of size and a sense of distance, and neither is necessarily that concerned with interpreting lines as they are concerned with interpreting relationships. You can catch a Fish or see a Snake and they can both look huge. "There is no object" he claimed "without the subject." Tricky area for a Bishop in the early 1700's.

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     Then in 20th Century his ideas about perception attracted minds concerned to better understand how we people could produce the social phenomena that shall we say did not lend itself to anything remotely associated with being sensible. Currently examples of this phenomenon are too many to mention without getting very, very depressed around the fate of our species. "Take away the signs from algebra and arithmetic," Berkeley suggested, "and I ask you what remains."

 

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