(1987, 17 Oct) Understanding & the imagination in the light of nature
Presented: Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles.
Because the fact is, what blinds us to the presence of alien intelligence is linguistic and cultural bias operating on ourselves. The world which we perceive is a tiny fraction of the world which we can perceive, which is a tiny fraction of the perceivable world, you see. We operate on a very narrow slice based on cultural conventions. So the important thing, if synergizing progress is the notion to be maximized (and I think it’s the notion to be maximized), is to try and locate the blind spot in the culture — the place where the culture isn’t looking, because it dare not — because if it were to look there, its previous values would dissolve, you see. For Western Civilization that place is the psychedelic experience as it emerges out of nature. “Understanding and Imagination in the Light of Nature”
Art: Max Ernst ‘Europe After The Rain ll’ (1940)