MichaelEmeryArt

Living Now


Addiction,what is it and whom gets it?
There are many Apparent or "Surface" addictions, these are addictions such as Alcoholism,chemical addictions (heroin,cocaine etc.), over-eating, gambling,sexual,pack-ratting(purchasing stuff one does not need) etc.
From my own experince my alcohol addiction was caused by living in a society, where I was in a constant state of  "Cognitive dissonance"(Cognitive dissonance is that uncomfortable feeling you get when you try to maintain two  or more inconsistent beliefs at the same time or when you believe one thing but act in a contradictory way).
  So, In essense,seeing a society that to myself makes no sense,in the path it goes(this is still my view,yet I learned to  deal with it or cope with.).
  I also came to see the reason Society is the way it is ,is because nearly all of Us are caught in the "worse" form of  Addiction, "Pre-Concieved Notions", the "Subconscious" or not understood .Pre-Concieved Notions could be looked at as "Termites in your Home,unknown,yet if not discovered,soon your Home is destroyed with you living in it the Whole Time".
  In short or simply put, most all of us are in a "State of Belief Addiction" any belief that when one takes a step  back,truly looks at the beliefs we have,whatever they may be, and you see "That makes not sense at all,it promotes  not growth for us as"Human Beings as a Whole".
  Until "Individuals" start becoming un-addicted to Societal Dogma's(beliefs),one big one being "big Corporate"  thinking, another is Your Belief is the "Only Belief",(Religion), another is "Gender".
  A society can even begin to thrive, or just be" Well",if lead by Corporations,whom's leaders main propose is self  gain. A Society can't thrive if so many condemn one another,simply because their religion is different,their sexual  orientation is different. none of these make any "Sense"...and all the evidence shows it will not work,We as Human  Being are not designed to thrive in a World so filled with "Cognitive dissonance".-Me

Some thing I remember well, My Grandma used to say to me,after she had given me a new part of trousers or shirt,or just something she seen I needed,.."I don't believe in waiting for Christmas,even a birthday day,if I see some one needs something Now,I will try to get it for them" she would say..(I greatly miss her)


Live in the Moment “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.” -Albert Einstein


"I believe the Role of the Artist,is simply to portray reality/truth to the best of their individual ablitity"

We must make a effort everyday, Not to get caught up constantly thinking of future,sure we must plan ahead,yet that should only allowed a certain amount a Time a day!.,same with past!..Now is the only time we have to Do anything!

                                  Leo does great Job Explaining in video below

Soon One realizes, why the The Meditation of Drawing,helps one be " In the Now"





The Idea that the Right Side of our brain (Intutive/emotional- aspect of our selves),has been in reality,held captive by the Left side the (empirical sensory experience dominated)

Empiricism  (the way western society has been living for a long,long time)

In philosophy, empiricism is a theory that states that knowledge comes only or primarily from sensory experience.[1] It is one of several views of epistemology, the study of human knowledge, along with rationalism and skepticism. Empiricism emphasizes the role of empirical evidence in the formation of ideas,            over the idea of innate ideas or traditions;[2] empiricists may argue however that traditions (or customs) arise due to relations of previous sense experiences.[3] -Wikipedia


Empiricism in the philosophy of science emphasizes evidence, especially as discovered in experiments. It is a fundamental part of the scientific method that all hypotheses and theories must be tested against observations of the natural world rather than resting solely on a priori reasoning, intuition, or revelation.

"The greatest scientists are artists as well," said Albert Einstein

So what did Einstein mean and what does it tell us about the nature of creative thinking and how we should stimulate it?

For Einstein, insight did not come from logic or mathematics. It came, as it does for artists, from intuition and inspiration. As he told one friend, "When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of imagination has meant more to me than any talent for absorbing absolute knowledge."

Elaborating, he added, "All great achievements of science must start from intuitive knowledge. I believe in intuition and inspiration.... At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason." Thus, his famous statement that, for creative work in science, "Imagination is more important than knowledge"

Thus the Balance of Left/Right brain effort or empirical and intuitive knowledge

Or the balance at least of Science/math  and The Arts and Philosophy



The one thing that as all intrigued me is How any belief system such as a Philosophy ,religion etc,can proclaim it is though "concrete and Factual as though it is some math problem such as 2 plus 2=4,!

Pyrrhonism and Suspension of judgment

 I think we must at all times be aware of judgements entering our minds forming dogma's/concrete belief systems

On Pyrrhonism
Sextus also claims a third goal of skepticism: to cure dogmatists of their rashness and self-conceit. Skeptics seek this end because the skeptic is "a lover of his kind".

There has been the misconception that Pyrrho was an academic skeptic - doubting that knowledge can exist at all. This is incorrect. There are several branches of skepticism, Pyrrhonism being one of them. In Pyrrhonisim it is believed that absolute and universal knowledge can and does exist. The fact that two philosophers disagree about its nature does not mean that it is not knowable.
Please read the the description of Pyrrhonism by Sextus again:
... some people have claimed to have found the truth, others have asserted that it cannot be apprehended, and others are still searching.
This is a key point. The academic skeptic is of the second group, the Pyrrhonian skeptic is of the last group.
Sextus then goes on to give the names of the various schools of philosophy and their position on knowledge.
Those who think that they have found it are the Dogmatists, properly so called -- for example, the followers of Aristotle and Epicurus, the Stoics, and certain others. The followers of Clitomachus and Carneades, as well as other Academics, have asserted that it cannot be apprehended. The skeptikoi continues to search.
The Academic Skeptics are named precisely and as a clear and distinct group from that of the skeptoikoi of which Pyrrho is - one who continues to search for the truth.
If one was to compare skepticism with with religious faith, the Dogmatists would be those with undeniable faith in a diety. Granted, each group has a different deity or truth sought for, but faith remains the same. Great debates have been waged over who is right.
The Academics would be atheists - no truth is knowable, no higher power exists. With as with atheists, there are a number of proofs (though these much more interesting) about the non-existence of the subject at hand.
The followers of Pyrrhonism are a different sort of skeptic than the academics and could best be described as agnostics when it comes to the matter of knowledge. Knowledge does exist, and certain knowledge too. Just because others can't make up their mind about what that knowledge is, or which one is correct does not mean it does not exist. Admitting that one doesn't know is not the end of the search, but rather the start.
The admission of lack of knowledge is not a 'cannot be known' but rather 'I do not know now'. The pursuit of truth does not and cannot end with 'it is impossible to know'.

A Great video Leo has here , talking about  " Pyrrhonism "