Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer's Nameless Emotions

Picture of man at night on Wall Street at night time. Photograph by Ashley Gilbertson. Image Source: National Geographic.

A heat wave here inspired today's collection of my best previous summer posts, along with Ashley Gilbertson's photo of Wall Street, above. All of these earlier posts explored summer's sultry, nostalgic or noir atmosphere and together illustrate one of the relationships between the environment and brain function, a cornerstone of cognitive science.
Psychoanalysts have particularly focused on nameless emotions as points at which experience moves past the capacity of language to describe it. See popsci's 2013 list by Pei-Ying Lin of twenty-one emotions for which there are no English words; and below, twenty-three emotions people feel, but cannot explain.

Image Source: Art of Manliness.

You can see a list of lost or unnamed emotions described by Aristotle in The Rhetorichere and discussed in Kakos: Badness and Anti-value in Classical Antiquity. These were the emotions of in Classical Athens "concerned with the fortunes of others (eleosnemesisphthonoszĂȘlos and their (mostly unnamed) contraries)." In some cases, these emotions were depicted as divine entities or were personified as mythical characters, which means the Greeks actually worshiped the space between experience and mental awareness of that experience. In modern noir, this would be equivalent to presenting the heat wave's sultry atmosphere as an anthropomorphically personified character in the story.

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