Surfism: The fluid foundation of consciousness PDF download by Dan Webber

Surfism: The fluid foundation of consciousness

Daniel Webber
Publication date: May 2012
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The philosophy of Surfism attempts to explain existence in terms that correspond to surfing. It analyses the creation of form in surfing and compares it with structures found in language, thought, evolution and Being. The patterns and processes found in surfing are used to represent a range of cognitive functions to form an intricate model of the mind. The key to the Surfism model is the surfboard. This is touched on in Chapter 1, where the mental condition of low latent inhibition (common in designers with high IQ) is seen to be equivalent to a highly responsive surfboard. Surfing manoeuvres are central to the concept of emergence, discussed in Chapter 2, where the interplay between spatial and temporal relations is represented by the x,y,z axes of surfboard rotation on a wave. In Chapter 3, the response of the surfboard is likened to the articulation of words, where the obstruction of airflow against articulation points within the vocal tract is likened to the angles of penetration required to manoeuvre a surfboard. In Chapter 4, the ability to visualise the design of a surfboard is attributed to a form of synaesthesia, which has also been implicated in the development of language. Chapter 5 introduces the notion of a spatio-temporal continuum, to represent an implicit variability within language structure and spatial perception. Chapter 6 delves into the source of situated presence, which sets the stage for a radical reinterpretation of reality, presented in Chapter 7. In Chapter 8, surfboard design is viewed as the product of consciousness extending itself into the world. Finally, the spatio-temporal field of the self is discussed in Chapter 9, culminating with the idea that surrendering to God is akin to free-falling down the face of a wave while taking a late drop. The Surfism model of the psyche presents a host of surfing scenarios, which place the individual’s perspective within a dynamical system of totally integrated variables reflecting that individual’s experience of the world. However, the Surfism model does not view the ego as an integral feature of the mind's perceptual apparatus, at least not beyond its core function to manage the tension between spatial and temporal relations. The surfer's reflective mind is viewed as a problematic feature within the model, possibly reflecting the real-life problems caused by the ego controlling one's direction in life.

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This book is for the Existential Surfer who wants to ponder how reality is put together moment by moment.

If you want to expand your thinking and surfing, sharpen your vocabulary, and bust open your viewing of the world and waves in a theoretical frame that employs the language and images of surfing, then this little book is for you and worth every penny to get a copy. Hanging out with Surfism at your leisure (warning: a little dab at a time will do you, it is potent!) is better than a college course in philosophy and psychology. You may need to look up many of the words that Dan Webber (a lifelong surfer, member of the Australian Webber Surfboards family, and a surfing intellectual) uses in Surfism: The Fluid Foundation of Consciousness. But hey, isn't that just like learning to surf a heavier, faster, more interesting wave where you need to adapt your approach? Dan lays out a usable template for understanding your own mind (especially while it is surfing) by using surfing experience ("metaphors") to describe what is going on. Concepts: Think of waves as carrying memories. Think of your responses to your surfboard and to the changing wave face and reef as your reason. Think of the surf break as the culture within which your individual psyche develops. Consider language riding your mind like a surfboard rides a wave. See your situated presence while riding the wave as a result of how you see the world and how you experience the flow of time. Dan writes for us surfers, though his concepts will be understood and debated by existential philosophers. He writes: "Since the response of the surfboard is derived simultaneously from the shape of the wave and the shape of the surfboard, their interaction represents a spatio-temporal continuum; the surfboard inducing spatial relations and the wave temporal relations. Again: "As a representation of the intellect, the penetration and release phases of a manoeuvre are analogous to concentration and contemplation, in the sense that concentration is active, while contemplation is passive." In Surfism, when designing and riding a surfboard as an extension of the self, the surfer has to decipher the moment in terms of the interaction of spacial and temporal movements using a perception called “synaesthesia", where the surfer blends sight, sound and flow into multi-dimensional perception. A great ride depends on a surfer's synaesthesia. The most successful surfer is one that can evolve mentally with the wave. Ultimately, as Dan Webber explains, the fluid surfer and individual in the world needs to be able to act decisively moment-to-moment in all circumstances that continually change. The ability to anticipate change underpins the ability to read a changing wave, and to read a life situation. Do yourself a favor, check out Surfism by Dan Webber. It will expand your mind and your surfing. It did mine. Pierce Flynn, Ph.D
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