Moral Images and Qualia


A Form of Anthropomorphism?







People or objects arrayed in  series would seem to place some form of sensorial-metabolic weight on the perceiver, and especially if portrayed in conjunction with human anatomy (a skull, for instance), human absence (rows of houses, piles of shoes) or the chromatic influence of darker colors, such as black, grey or purple–or this at least, possibly, in Western culture. But our metabolic susceptibility to the perception of series of elements (or the importance with which human sensory fisiology regards them) is in fact an established universal (See Masse und Macht, 1960; Elias Canetti).

So essentially we are talking about purely sensory experience that, although pre-conceptual (i.e., has not yet been conceptually formulated in our conscious mind), it is structurally -and rationally– configured in regards to the perceiving individual who by nature cannot help but be acutely sensitive to the presence, real or denoted, of groups. And this is, evidently, because there can never be a rational, socio-rational self without a group: such a susceptibility would be part of a survival strategy phylogenetically established in human beings that predisposes us (in our pre-conscious, somatosensory physiology) towards groups as the real matrix of life, so to speak, and key to in fact the self as rational possibility; that is, in regards to any group, both that of one´s own socio-corporal belonging, or in regards to enemy groups that, probably from a strictly physiological standpoint, would tend to be the same thing, given that one kind of group, in the end, is key (historically) to reinforcing the other–not so much as enemies, but rather as structural partners in time and mutually sustained geographical space.

But one thing is clear: meaning begins in your own sensory, somatosensory invigoration—before you even begin to think about it!