Benjamin Betts – Geometrical Psychology

Geometrical Psychology - Benjamin Betts Geometrical Psychology – Benjamin Betts

Benjamin Betts’ Geometrical Psychology, from 1887, contains a sequence of delicately toned geometric figures intended to represent no less than ‘the evolution of human consciousness from the animal, zero, or starting point, through to the culmination of human possibilities – the transcendental’. Originally educated as an architect, Bett’s resolved to to end his career determined to visualise the internal through his idiosyncratic topological models.

Geometrical Psychology - Benjamin Betts Geometrical Psychology – Benjamin Betts

Geometrical Psychology - Benjamin Betts Geometrical Psychology – Benjamin Betts

Geometrical Psychology - Benjamin Betts Geometrical Psychology – Benjamin Betts

Attempting to map consciousness using mathematics, without considering the elementary state of neurology and psychology in the 19th Century, may be seen by some as a ridiculous pursuit. Dataisnature is happy to eschew scientific rigour, in order to savour Benjamin Betts’ metaphysical topologies. These illustration are worthy of attention by virtue of their forms, colours and aesthetic purity alone. In fact it might not be so ridiculous to attempt to visualise conscious states through the use of geometry, after all, since certain conscious states [hypnagogia, meditation and psychedelics] appear to act in unison with [or generate] geometric forms perceived within the visual field.

Geometrical Psychology - Benjamin Betts Geometrical Psychology – Benjamin Betts

Geometrical Psychology - Benjamin Betts Geometrical Psychology – Benjamin Betts

Geometrical Psychology - Benjamin Betts Geometrical Psychology – Benjamin Betts

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5 Responses to “Benjamin Betts – Geometrical Psychology”

  1. Benjamin Betts – Geometrical Psychology | supersede writes:

    […] “Benjamin Betts’ Geometrical Psychology from 1887 contains a sequence of delicately toned geometric figures intended to represent no less than ‘the evolution of human consciousness from the animal, zero, or starting point, through to the culmination of human possibilities – the transcendental’. Originally educated as an architect, Bett’s resolved to to end his career determined to visualise the internal through his idiosyncratic topological models.” http://www.dataisnature.com/?p=1693 […]

  2. Tamorah writes:

    stand alone as beautiful drawings

  3. Lasse writes:

    Yes, just beautiful :-) Geometrical Psychology figures

  4. Zakir Borodin writes:

    It’s hypnogogia, not hypnagogia, and it’s not a conscious state–it’s the state of consciousness as it is falling asleep. And if hypNOgogia is in, why not hypnopompia, the semi-consciousness one experiences as one wakes up? “Certain conscious states … appear to act in unison with … forms perceived within the visual field” doesn’t make sense, even as a sentence in English. As such, it has to be correct, since it is nonsensical and therefore non-falsifiable.

  5. Whewell’s Gazette: Year 3, Vol. #02 | Whewell's Ghost writes:

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