Part 2. BEYOND VISUAL REALITY or TRAVERSING THE CARTESIAN SPLIT
If physical reality is on the most fundamental level a seamless whole, it follows that all manifestations of this reality, including neuronal processes in the hu- man brain, can never be separate from this reality. And if the human brain that constructs an emergent reality based on complex language systems is implicitly part of the whole of biological life and derives its existence from embedded relations to this whole, this reality is obviously grounded in this whole and cannot by definition be viewed as separate or discrete. All of this leads to the conclusion, without any appeal to ontology, that Cartesian dualism is no longer commensurate with our view of physical reality in both physics and biology (Nadeau and Kafatos 1999:171-72). Miron Białoszewski – the Participating Observer. 1. I claim in Part 1 that Białoszewski’s lyrical subject acknowledges more than one way of representing reality, and there is no universal language to ex- press its essence in his writing. Language becomes a tool used to help subjects cope with their environment. This antilogocentric attitude is grounded in a be- lief that language is continuous with both the Self and reality, and it follows from this recognition that subjects are participating observers. Moreover, this active positioning forces the participants to redescribe the relation between parts (subjects and objects) and wholes (the world, reality), as well as many other distinctions and dualisms. Consequently, the system of beliefs of Białoszewski’s lyrical subject is modified, and his attitude toward reality changes....
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