“What does “world” mean, when we speak of the darkening of the world? World is always spiritual world. The animal has no world , nor any environment . The darkening of the world contains within itself a disempowering of the spirit, its dissolution, diminution, suppression, and misinterpretation. We will try to elucidate this disempowering of the spirit in one respect, namely, the misinterpretation of spirit. We said: Europe lies in the pincers between Russia and America, which are metaphysically the same, namely in regard to their world-character and their relation to the spirit. The situation of Europe is all the more dire because the disempowering of the spirit comes from Europe itself and – though prepared by earlier factors – is determined at last by its own spiritual situation in the first half of the nineteenth century. . . “
Introduction to Metaphysics, pp. 34-35, 1935 A.D.
I am a son and a brother. My sister and I, like all individuals, define our future from our sense of history and spirit. Our mother is American and our father is Turkish. Our childhood, like Heidegger’s Europe in the “pincers between Russia and America” was a compression of east and west. As individuals, we are convolutions of the two. In high-school, we struggled to create our own sense of spirit and identity. On the one hand reason, on the other hand passion. We are a superposition of traditionalism and progressivism: American. Both approaches seeking to better the world through a positive being-in-the-world. Our father is a Physicist. Our mother is a librarian. Both share a common love of life and learning. However, after time their relationship fragmented. The fragmentation resides as a point in our shared cognitive memories, an event. Our futures follow.
Our sense of future and purpose came later in life. As Europe’s “own spiritual situation in the first half of the nineteenth century,” we followed a complex but parallel path to individuality. At times, the path is black. At the age of twenty-two, my sister was diagnosed with cyclothymia. I was in the middle of my Ph.D. dissertation studies at UC Berkeley in the field of chemistry. Presently at twenty-five, she is stabile thanks to oxcarbazepine and sertraline HCl. She is preparing to be a physical therapist. I seek training to help her continue without interruption from “disempowering of the spirit,” fragmentation. During my fourth year I decided learning organic chemistry in a Ph.D. was not enough to accomplish this task. I decided to audit three graduate classes at UC Berkeley covering: genetics, immunology, and cellular and molecular neurobiology.
Time was transformative.
I was thrown towards life.
I was introduced to: the yeast cell, the fly, the worm, the human immune system, and the human brain. All these systems share common traits and structural principles. The human being is dual: God – “World is always spiritual world” and animal – “The animal has no world , nor any environment .”
I am a scientist and a philosopher. My life is dedicated to the study of the principles to better the human condition.
More specifically, I seek to focus my future research efforts on cognition
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