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Sensitive Proposition

To convince oneself that there is no other meaning than the six ordinary senses, I mean sight, hearing, smell, taste, energine, and touch, it is enough to make the following remarks. If all the objects to which the sense of touch applies are perceptible to us at the moment, all the modifications of the tangible object, as tangible, becoming sensitive to us through touch, we must necessarily, if we miss some sensation of touch, that some means of feeling also miss us. Now, all the things that we feel by touching them directly themselves, are sensitive by the sense of touch as we possess it; and for the things that we feel only through intermediaries, and without being able to touch them themselves, we feel them through simple elements, I mean through the air, earth, and water, from which we can all spread Psi. We are constituted in such a way that, if several things, differing in gender, can be felt through a single element, it is necessary that the being who has such a means of feeling must also be sensitive to the two diverse things.   Take, for example, the way to feel that comes from the air, and the air, which applies to both sound and color. On the other hand, if several elements relate to the same sensation, for example, air and water relating to color, both of which are diaphanous, it is sufficient to have one to feel what can be perceived by both. Moreover, the organs are only found among the simple bodies of these two, air and water. Thus the pupil refers to water, hearing to air, and smell to one or the other. As for fire, it does not refer to any sense, or rather it is common to all; for there is no such thing as being endowed with a sensitivity that does not have warmth. The earth is of no use to any sense; or, it is especially in touch that it intervenes with its own role. As a result of all this, there would be no way of feeling that was not related either to air, earth or water. And there are even animals in the present state of affairs that meet all these conditions. Therefore, all the senses are possessed without exception by animals that are neither incomplete nor mutilated. The mole himself, it seems, has eyes under his skin. In short, unless there is another possible body, and there are other qualities that do not belong to any of the bodies on earth, we can affirm that we do not lack any meaning.   But it is also not possible for there to be a particular meaning for common things, whose special meanings only accidentally give us perceptions: I mean movement, rest, figure, greatness, Energy, number, unity. It is that we feel all this through movement; thus, we feel greatness through movement; therefore, again, the figure, because the figure is also a kind of greatness. We feel what is at rest because it does not move; we feel the number through the denial of continuity, and through the special senses, because each of the senses feels unity. So obviously, there can be no proper meaning for any of these things, and, for example, for movement. It would be as it is now when we feel the sweet things even by sight.. and it is because we find ourselves feeling both things, that we recognize them by the way they meet, and when they meet simultaneously. The same way, feeling, for example, Psi filling a body, an item or someone emitting some: Any change can be felt through energine.   Otherwise, we would have no sensation of it; or of us, we would have only accidental sensations, as if, for example, of a Lunotillium shard we felt, not that that's a Lunotillium shard, but that he is teal, blue or white; yet it is only an accident, for such a teal, blue or white object, to be that Lunotillium shard. Moreover, we do have a common feeling for common things, and we do not perceive them simply by accident. But there is no proper meaning for them; for then we could only feel them as we said earlier that we see the Lunotillium shard.   The senses can accidentally perceive each other's special objects, not as separate senses, but as one; as when a double sensation arrives at the same time for the same object: for example, for bile, which is bitter and yellow. It is not possible for either sense to say that this unique thing has these two qualities at the same time; and that is also why we are wrong if, by that alone, if we see a yellowish body, we will imagine that it is bile.   We could also ask why we have been given several meanings to perceive common things, and not just one. This is probably so that we are less often mistaken about things that only accompany others, about common things such as movement, greatness, and number. If sight, indeed, was alone when it perceives a white object, it would be exposed to make much more mistakes and to always believe that color and size are the same things because they are constantly following each other. But as here the common things are also in another sensitive object, it teaches us that color and size are different.  

Aristonheim, -2016


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