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introspective diagnosis does not fit into the framework of Medicine (which is the doctor’s view of the patient). [A primordial mind’s first thought could hardly be a general thought in the sense here considered.] noted [The question then arises: “What are these parts from which it would seem references can be compounded?” The answer which we shall give will be that they are themselves references, that every compound reference is composed wholly of simple references united in such a way as will give the required structure to the compound reference they compose.] noted [What then is this direct apprehending to which so important a role is assigned? The correct answer is usually rejected without hesitation, so contrary is it to some of our favorite verbal habits. To be directly apprehended is to cause certain happenings in the nerves, as to which at present neurologists go no further than to assert that they occur. Thus what is directly apprehended is a modification of a sense organ, and its apprehension is a further modification of the nervous system, about which we may expect information at some future date.]: This rests on the unjustified, and almost certainly false, assumption that all such modifications obey the laws of physics. [the referents being the same] u/l: No: the modification of the retina is a second ‘sense-datum’—it must be seen by another eye. Cf. J.-P. Sartre, L’Être et le Néant, p. 415: ‘La faute est … de confondre nos sens « pour nous » avec nos organes sensoriels pour autrui’.60 [However much we try, we cannot go beyond reference in the way of knowledge. True reference is reference to a set of referents as they hang together. False reference is reference to them as being in some other arrangement than that in which they actually hang together.] noted [By no manner of make-belive can we discover the what of referents. We can only discover the how.] noted [Directly apprehended retinal modifications such as colours are therefore initial signs of ‘objects’ and ‘events’ (or

60.  EN p. 415 = B&N p. 348: ‘The fault here is … that of confusing our sense “for ourselves” with our sensory organs for others.’

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...