Monday, December 10, 2012
THE 3RD LECTURE OF MR. OUSPENSKY
I wish to discuss the THIRD LECTURE OF MR. OUSPENSKY which is found in his book,entitled: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MAN'S POSSIBLE EVOLUTION. In my copy which is around 1981, although I had an earlier copy that I do not have here where I am now, the work was copyrighted in 1950,1973,1981 by Tatiana Nagro, and this copy is a Vintage Books publication. You should also read the Publisher's note on this volume to get a better picture.I wish to quote from this chapter:: "A very good description of man's mechanicalness was given the so-called 'PSYCHO-PHYSIOLOGY' of the second part of the nineteenth century." Mr. Ouspensky then continues to get to the heart of the matter, which in recent years has received a number of experimental attentions and discoveries that I shall further discuss. These tend to fall under the topic of 'SENSORY DEPRIVATION' which takes several forms and considerations. Mr. Ouspensky discusses this topic but in his time, little had been done to extend what he meant and felt was the gist of this sort of thing, but now that has changed somewhat a bit drastically since he wrote on this subject. It is my intention to cover some of this ground since I feel it substantiates what Mr. Ouspensky said and wrote about THE FOURTH WAY and its implications have somewhat of a profound significance for the ideas and work that Mr. Gurdjieff brought to the West. Of this I shall add more to the discussion when I have more time. I have an 1886 volume entitled OUTLINES OF PSYCHOLOGY by Hermann Lotze which have much to say about CONSCIOUSNESS and sensation and other things of that time which are still relevant, perhaps, to this discussion. I do not have the other significant work by HARTMANN on CONCIOUSNESS here with me and will have to locate my copy wherever it is among my many volumes on such subjects. In the meantime, may I suggest those who are interested in finding out more about all of this, that you read the above works by Mr. Ouspensky and, if possible, that of the Lectures (DICTATED PORTIONS ) of Hermann Lotze.