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Re: [xmca] dichotomizing

Apologies, I grabbed it from the web. Stream of consciousness. Here is url


On Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 9:52 AM, michael a evans <mae@exchange.vt.edu>wrote:

> Mike,
> This is a wonderful citation - may I ask for a source/page number?
> Cheers,
> Michael~
> On 2/28/09 12:42 PM, "Mike Cole" <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:
> > The rich discourse is washing over me and I am glad for the archive which
> > will allow me to return for proper study. Meantime, for
> > other pressing purposes I have come across the following from William
> James
> > which may not be considered correct because it talks of a me-you dualism,
> > but might be considered useful to the current conversation on units,
> > microcosms, etc.
> > mike
> > ----------------
> > ....One great splitting of the whole universe into  two halves is made by
> > each of us; and for each of us almost all of the  interest attaches to
> one
> > of the halves; but we all draw the line of division  between them in a
> > different place. When I say that we all call the two  halves by the same
> > names, and that those names are 'me' and 'not-me'  respectively, it will
> at
> > once be seen what I mean. The altogether unique  kind of interest which
> each
> > human mind feels in those parts of creation  which it can call me or mine
> > may be a moral riddle, but it is a fundamental  psychological fact. No
> mind
> > can take the same interest in his neighbor's me  as in his own. The
> > neighbor's me falls together with all the rest of things  in one foreign
> > mass against which his own me stands cut in startling relief.  Even the
> > trodden worm, as Lotze somewhere says, contrasts his own suffering  self
> > with the whole remaining universe, though he have no clear conception
> > either of himself or of what the universe may be. He is for me a mere
> part
> > of the world; for him it is I who am the mere part. Each of us
> dichotomizes
> > the Kosmos in a different place. (Lotze is author of *Mikrocosmos, *among
> > other writings).
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