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Since I've been stuck in residence with a cold for most of today, I took up doing a bit of research during my more lucid moments. In particular, I've started nailing-down Eric Voegelin's phenomenology of consciousness (for lack of better jargon), with the help of the transcript to his "Structures of Consciousness" lecture in Toronto, and Robert McMahon's Eric Voegelin's Paradoxes of Consciousness and Participation.

The problem under consideration: How is it possible for some chunk of the universe's matter (ie. humans) to have come to simultaneously experience itself as both a stranger in the world and a native expression of it? How is it that humans know themselves to be of the world, and yet independent of it, and what is the consequence of this strange, double-tension in our perception?

Yeah, this is what I do when I'm "relaxing"; I think graduate school might have broken something in my noggin'. ;-P

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