Space, the Sublime and Precognition

Rita Cachao

This seminar intends to develop a collective discussion around the possible connections between the Sublime and pre-cognition in order to open up the possibilities of relationship between the concepts of the Sublime and Space as the last part of the discussion in my thesis. Initially we will bracket the concept of pre-cognition and discuss multiple theories of the sublime. We will then approach the Sublime and pre-cognition through the supplement of the concept of counter-intuition.

It would be helpful if prior to the seminar you could read the articles on this seminar’s page at Transtechnology Research website and to bring with you examples of the sublime and if possible some examples of pre cognition drawn from the arts and the sciences.


Reading for seminar:

Within the framework of the possibility of a general theory of the sublime these two papers give a brief discussion of various theories of the sublime.

Forsey. J., 2007. Is a Theory of the Sublime Possible? The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 65, 65(4), pp.381-389.

Sircello, G.,1993. How Is a Theory of the Sublime Possible? The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 51, 51(4), pp.541-550.

This paper presents the initial findings of Libet and his team

Libet, B. et al., 1983. Time of Conscious Intention to Act in Relation to Onset of Cerebral-Activity (Readiness-Potential) – the Unconscious Initiation of a Freely Voluntary Act. Brain, 106, pp.623-642.

These papers present arguments and counter-argumenst to Libet’s findings

Libet, B., 2002. The timing of mental events: Libet’s experimental findings and their implications. Consciousness and Cognition, 11(2), pp.291-299.

Gomes, G., 2002. The Interpretation of Libet’s Results on the Timing of Conscious Events: A Commentary. Consciousness and Cognition, 11(2), pp.221-230.

This paper is a more recent reflection by Libet on his findings

Libet, B., 2006. Reflections on the interaction of the mind and brain. Progress in neurobiology, 78(3-5), pp.322-326.