For this week’s exercise, I have played with attending to change while sitting at my desk at work. It is a static place, so I have focused on my shifting experience of the cubicle — either to the roving of my eyes (and attention) around the space, or to subtle ‘flickering’ and changes in the ‘still’ objects before me (and my ‘interior’ responses to them).
I have done this sort of exercise before, but I was surprised this time to find that, on a number of occasions, my conviction was that “change is not given in experience.” I had the sense of discrete ‘units’ that did, yes, somehow replace each other, but there was not a sense of one thing ‘changing’ to the next. There was this, this, this. But at other times, I could ‘toggle’ to a different view and it seemed that, no, change and movement were apparent — very much so. The sense of ‘change’ seemed to become more apparent when I was able to take a ‘meta-view,’ holding several experiences in attention at once — usually one experience strongly present, the others like echoes ‘behind’ it.
The seemingly equally true contrary perceptions — no-change and change — have intigued me and I will stay with this.
On an ‘academic’ note, I’m finding the topic of these two chapters timely, since I’m otherwise in the midst of some readings in the new field of Object Oriented Ontology, which is making a case for a return to substance-thinking (quite contrary to my preferred — and TSK-influenced — orientation). I’m appreciating this contradiction as well.