One me, one world, one universe, just one idea. The idea I had to jump out of my reread of Jostein Gaarder's 'Sophies World' to read up more detailed works on this or that filosopher.
So when the book re-introducing me to the Monism of Spinoza (his lenses do give a different view) collided with me and the kids going to the library I ended up coming home with 'Looking for Spinoza' By Antonio Damasio.
The book positions the roots of emotions and feelings, and how they fit in the bigger LIFE thing as the adequately complex regulation system for an the complex life-forms we are. It's quite a challenging read (even in dutch translation) but I'm slowly harvesting the low hanging fruit and gradually finding myself more and more at ease in a scientific foundation (in more then one way!) for why I felt OK with Spinoza's view.
Best thing is, while reading there is an almost continuously growing amazement. I like it when science does this: explaining things but not taking away the mystery, nor the appreciation for what is truly wonderful (and not less so by understanding some of it)
Anyways I'm close to dropping words like conatus and homeostasis appropriately in a conversation :-)
# Posted by mpo at 08:20 AM