Saturday, 4 April 2015

Outdoor Showers and Baths... Experience Nature :)

Came across these beautifully designed outdoor showers and baths, though for some I believe that the bleachers are missing ;) yet some are really serene and cool!

Including Nature In Design

Including nature in architectural design always helps uplift the spirit of design. Inviting outdoors and framing views for the indoors increases depth of view and adds interest, color and texture in the design. I found these images online and think that these are pretty interesting. I do believe that maintaining a water feature e.g. a fountain or a pond, is both expensive and difficult, but pays off in terms of serene views and calming the nerves. :)


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Feeling and Consciousness

In his book, "Reconstruction of Islamic Thought", Dr. Iqbal quotes Professor Hocking, who in his opinion, made a remarkably keen study of feeling in justification of an intellectual view of the content of religious consciousness:

'What is that other-than-feeling in which feeling may end? I answer, consciousness of an object. Feeling is instability of an entire conscious self: and that which will restore the stability of this self lies not within its own border but beyond it. Feeling is outward-pushing, as idea is outward-reporting: and no feeling is so blind as to have no idea of its own object. As a feeling possesses the mind, there also possesses the mind, as an integral part of that feeling, some idea of the kind of thing which will bring it to rest. A feeling without a direction is as impossible as an activity without a direction: and a direction implies some objective. There are vague states of consciousness in which we seem to be wholly without direction; but in such cases it is remarkable that feeling is likewise in abeyance. For example, I may be dazed by a blow, neither realizing what has happened nor suffering any pain, and yet quite conscious that something has occurred: the experience waits an instant in the vestibule of consciousness, not as feeling but purely as fact, until idea has touched it and defined a course of response. At that same moment, it is felt as painful. If we are right, feeling is quite as much an objective consciousness as is idea: it refers always to something beyond the present self and has no existence save in directing the self toward that object in whose presence its own career must end!'