one should distinguish between pain and nociception. The word "pain" comes from the Latin: poena meaning punishment, a fine, a penalty.
The term "pain" is a subjective experience that typically accompanies nociception, but can also arise without any stimulus, and thus includes the emotional response. Nociception, on the other hand, is a neurophysiological term and denotes specific activity in nerve pathways. It is the transmission mechanism for physiological pain, and does not describe psychological pain
Even some plants have the ability to retract from a noxious stimulus. Whether this sensation of pain is equivalent to the human experience is debatable.
the fire elf wrote:
painter of visions wrote:The most common question I hear when I show my art - besides technical issues - is "where do you get your ideas from". Before 1995 I painted more by whims, I often constructed images coloured by megalomanic, mythological ponderings. I discovered though that some images came from another source which was far more personal, honest and more interesting. Some images just kind of appeared, complete, crystal clear in my head. I noted that I in some states of consciousness saw images flashing by my inner eye, images which then stuck like "photographic" memories until I painted them.
I decided rather quickly to give up all made up nonsense and only paint these visions. I usually get them in the border zone between being awake and asleep, therefore I always have a small notepad beside my bed. How it works can be described as follows: Imagine yourself in a dark cinema looking towards the screen. Suddenly the light is turned on for a split second and during this second you see an image on the screen.
vision painter wrote:MONSTERS
Amongst the flowers is a pot of wine
I pour alone but with no friend at hand
So I lift the cup to invite the shining moon,
Along with my shadow we become party of three
The moon although understands none of drinking, and
The shadow just follows my body vainly
Still I make the moon and the shadow my company
To enjoy the springtime before too late
The moon lingers while I am singing
The shadow scatters while I am dancing
We cheer in delight when being awake
We separate apart after getting drunk
Forever will we keep this unfettered friendship
Till we meet again far in the Milky Way
Legends of so-called immortals (shenxian 神仙) were widely accepted by the ancient Chinese. Although the concept of immortals was not exactly the same through the ages, some general images persisted. Immortals usually live in clean and pure places such as high mountains; they do not eat cereals; they appear only to people who perform the proper religious practices or have the right kind of destiny. Some immortals also live in grottoes underneath the sacred mountains. They can freely change their appearance: sometimes they appear in the everyday world looking like ordinary men, to test young immortal aspirants. They move very swiftly and fly though the air, sometimes using wings. (1989:73)
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