Cut the brain in as small portions as you want, you will never find the organ of thought! Probably you will find only the material 'support' of the spirit, something like its 'crutch'. The spirit itself is elsewhere. It is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It emerges in the 'gaping' of simply biological realities. It is 'between'. It is 'through'. Through the brain. Through the body. Through the whole body.
Through the body, but not out of the body! What could, indeed, be the spirit without a body? Thinking does not go without tiredness nor without body expressions. Thought can make the body sick as the sick body can disturb the thought. The spirit is physically experienced. The spiritual activity is lived and felt through the physical reality. The spirit is experienced as an incarnated spirit. The body, the whole body, is thus the instrument of the spirit. An incredibly expressive general-purpose instrument! The body vibrates in communion with the spirit. It is through the body that the spirit sings, smiles, speaks, works.
The spirit crosses the body vertically. Moved by it, the body, mediator between horizontality and verticality, tries out its 'opening' on an 'other' order. By it the body lives out its transcendence. Isn't man a strange spiritual animal? And how marvellous…
Can I be myself without a body? Can I be identified without my body? What would I be without my body? We do not have any experience of an 'I' without a body. In extreme cases I may conceive myself with an only virtual body, but this virtual body refers to my real body! My spirit is concretely where I say 'I'. The personal reality that I am is identical with the vertical repercussion of the spirit through MY 'own' body.
To separate the body and the soul concerns pagan problems. For the Judeo-Christian approach, in the Bible, man is basically and fundamentally 'one'. Man is never considered without a body, even in an other world. The problem is never one of immortality but of resurrection, and even of resurrection of the flesh, meaning new creation of the whole human reality, body and spirit.
How can you explain the mental human activity reduced to his simple material immanence? See the famous statue of Condillac. Tabula rasa in qua nihil scriptum. All you have to do is to equip this purely material statue with openings. This are the sensory organs, as well external as internal ones. Nothing enters the statue except through this openings. All what is written on the clean slate thus comes only from experience, and only from sensory experience, the only and single source of our representations. Nihil is in intellectu quod not prius fuerit in sensu. There is nothing in the spirit that was not first in sensory organs.
You have still to explain how the statue can get 'ideas', can think and build its spiritual universe. Here remains only the materialist possibility with its recourse to the mechanism with its own presupposition.
First, that every complex reality can be totally explained starting from simple elements, here elementary sensualistic impressions. Then, that these elements combine by simple contiguity and by simple 'association'. The whole human spiritual life is thus reduced to a simple business of combinations. A miracle of the naked statue!
The spirit is not 'in', it is not either 'around'. It is 'through'. The countless efforts, tirelessly reiterated, to find for the spirit a 'seat', a 'centre', an 'organ' or a convolution of organ, all failed. Could it be different? The spirit is not an object you can dispose of. The spirit is a dynamics which crosses the human reality right through. Why seek the spirit where it cannot be and where it would be, on the side of matter, in contradiction with itself? If one found its 'place' inside the biological reality, it would surely not be the spirit.
The spirit crosses not only the bodies. The field which it crosses is broad like the spirit itself. Crossing of the particularities towards the universality. Crossing of confusion towards clearness. Crossing of subjectivity towards objectivity. Crossing of dispersion towards unity. Crossing of inconsistency towards coherence. Crossing of the complication towards simplicity. Crossing of absurdity towards sense. Crossing of indifference towards the difference…
|01 Human Paradox A paradoxal animal Human paradox In rupture An animal in crisis An animal 'less' (something) Premature and naked Child of the difference Child of elsewhere||02 Verticality Middle and extremes Tropism to upwards Divine instinct The vertical living Vertical interiority The personal mystery In strict immanence||03 Gaping Depths Gaping deepness Child of gaping Gaping on an other order Gaping of meaning Gaping on the questioning Gaping of matter Gaping of existence In vertical gaping Negative anthropology|
|04 Sacral Difference Sacral dimension The sacral difference Sacral crisis The archaeological sacred Sacral verticality Hiero-tropic space-time||05 Human Environment Human space Closed and open Curvature of space Negative space Space of the sense Including and included Between Alpha and Omega||06 The Matrix of Humanity Child of a culture Human matrix Culture and cultures Master speech Refusing the enclosures|
|07 The Spirit The spiritual reality How define it? Going through DIS-tinction The spirit says no Dialectics||08 Spiritual Breath Breathing Spiritual energy Making sense To signify Sense is through gaping Speech and language Symbol Faith||09 The Sense of Sense The Sense The space of the sense The house of the sense Including and included sense Confinement Master and possessor of sense|
|10 The Reason Science Constituted and constituent Scientific dialectics Bubble Between Structure and sense||11 The Meaning Demiurge of the significances Through To run here and there Mechanism Trough articulation Articulable matter||12 Systems Analysis Systemics The system Systemic operation Energy Tanks|
|13 Oïkology Impossible closing Systemic totality The house of the spirit Ecology We sinned||14 Exodus Spiritual adventure Out of safety measures Out of the cave Logos in exodus||15 Through Difference Difference Starting from difference Crossing the duality A logic of crossing Chance|
|16 Dialectics Going through 'no' Fundamental dynamics Dia-logos The fourth dimension Passover dialectics||17 Alliance Broken Alliance Rupture of the bond The prodigal son Atheism State of grace||18 History Emergence of History Impossible totalizing Trans-historic verticality The sense in exodus Between Alpha and Omega|
|19 Fertile Confrontation Singular adventure Dialectical gestation Antithesis Two revolutions Exponents A long gestation Explosiveness||20 Progress What is progress? Source of The progress Exponential acceleration The tool of progrès Why it isn't working Wedged exponential growth Progressive illusion||21 Schizoid Tautological speech Idealism Master and possessor Flirt with nothingness God driven out Without the Father Without recourse Psychosis|
|22 The Other One Arising The other one Exposed To tell the other one||23 Adventurers Components and exponents Adventurers of eschatology Today||24 Through Scandal Gaping mystery of evil Trough distance Congenital evil Entropy in the human hearth|
|25 Agape Gaping of Eros Captive desire Eros and Agape Going down Defeated entropy||26 God in You Tropism for Agape Bottomless bottom Cleaning the sources Let you fall You fall into God||Autor|