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I’ve Never Really Seen A Word . . .


Our last post began to explore where words come from.

I postulated that words are metaphysical entities–that the things we see on the screen or paper aren’t Real Words but just the symbols we use to get a set of Real Words from one mind to another.

If the word “metaphysical” isn’t something you’re real comfortable with, you may want to look at that last post for a possible excuse to give it a reprieve :-)

Minds are metaphysical.

If you doubt that bald statement you may want to check out the Wikipedia entry that includes this statement: “The nature of the mind and its relation to the body has been seen as more of a problem as science has progressed in its mechanistic understanding of the brain and body”

I can only continue on the assumption that our minds and the words which come from them are metaphysical because I’ve spent most of my 65 years studying the whole messy business of how we think and why we write.

If you can’t believe that the mind and words are something other than physical entities then I suppose you can only leave me behind in your cloud of dust

OK, now where are the Real Words and how did they get there?

Some folks are happy saying God created words and that’s that.

Some folks could agree with that last statement but would need a bit more explanation about where they hang out and how we know about them.

Some folks believe that humans evolved a capacity to formulate words, even though they couldn’t see them.

Some folks don’t really give a damn :-)

So, as they say, for the sake of the argument, let’s temporarily agree that words are not physical and hang out somewhere in our minds.

I’ll propose they have their residence in what’s called the Collective Unconscious. For now just think of the collective unconscious as a realm so deep in the mind that there are no “my thoughts” or “your thoughts” but only the energy patterns that make conscious thought possible.

These energy patterns are ultra-creative and we all share them–the same basic primal patterns of all words, concepts, and thoughts are in every one of our minds–this is why you can understand what I’m typing right now, even if you don’t believe what I’m typing :-)

In our next post I’ll attempt a detailed description of how a set of Real Words gets from one mind to another. And, in case you’d like to explore a range of other opinions on the creativity of the unconscious, check out these archived articles on Demon Muse
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10 responses to “I’ve Never Really Seen A Word . . .

  1. Simone Benedict June 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Leave you behind in my cloud of dust? That made me laugh so hard! Since I write while sleeping or more accurately dream of writing while sleeping, it’s all metaphysical to me. When I’m awake and write all is very different, of course.

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  2. Simone Benedict June 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Hmm. For many reasons I think, One may be the struggle to connect the creative process with the material world. In the make believe world of dreams that is simple. Also, while I’m sleeping there are no interruptions or distractions.

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  3. last_lines June 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Fascinating! I agree that the mind is metaphysical. Great post. Looking forward to the next in this series. :)

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