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# Awareness

Last updated January 12, 2022

An inverse is absence, particularly visual absence

1. Absence by occlusion: parts are hidden
2. Absence by vacancy: characterized by lack of visual information
3. Pure visual absence: no visual information is provided

D. E. Harding

What actually happened was something absurdly simple and
unspectacular: just for the moment I stopped thinking.
Reason and imagination and all mental chatter died down.
For once, words really failed me. I forgot my name, my
humanness, my thingness, all that could be called me or
mine. Past and future dropped away. It was as if I had been
born that instant, brand new, mindless, innocent of all
memories. There existed only the Now, that present moment
and what was clearly given in it. To look was enough.

And what I found was khaki trouserlegs terminating
downwards in a pair of brown shoes, khaki sleeves
terminating sideways in a pair of pink hands, and a khaki
shirtfront terminating upwards in - absolutely nothing
whatever! Certainly not in a head…

First-person methods are central to the philosophical movement known as Phenomenology.