Brazilian Lectures: 1973 Sao Paolo, 1974 Rio de Janeiro/Sao by Wilfred R. Bion

By Wilfred R. Bion

Those lectures, brought in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the course of 1973 and 1974, display Bion in his most crucial and not easy mode either in appreciate of the cloth he offers, and in his responses to the questions from his viewers

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Brazilian Lectures: 1973 Sao Paolo, 1974 Rio de Janeiro/Sao Paolo

Those lectures, brought in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the course of 1973 and 1974, demonstrate Bion in his most crucial and tough mode either in admire of the cloth he offers, and in his responses to the questions from his viewers

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What makes people like Shakespeare and Virgil and Milton so 'extraordinary' is their ability to do such extraordinary things while at the same time being ordinary. All of us ordinary people must dare to behave as if we were extraordinary without believing that it is the case and without being cheats. Q. Is there any difference or similarity between the a priori of Kant and psycho-analytic intuition? B. The question poses what is to me a difficult problem. How can we acknowledge the person who has illuminated something for us, without also risking misrepresenting him?

We lay ourselves open to the same accusation when we behave as if we could understand the spiral nebulae simply by scientific method. Q. Do you think that the purpose of language is the destruction of meaning immediately after the process of discovery and communication, leaving man no opportunity to find another means of communication, either by way of neologism or of art or science? Does it not seem as if what we are saying at a given moment immediately afterwards suffers a restriction of meaning which makes it necessary to invent or create another?

I am hopeful because, after many years ofeffort, I have at last achieved the capacity to be awed by the depths of my ignorance. Whether I can continue to dare to appreciate how ill-equipped I am to exist in the reality in which I am bound to live-let alone the universe of universes which are beyond my comprehension, which are beyond my mental capacity even when augmented by radio-telescopes, electron-microscopes and psycho-analysis--I do not know. Such depths of ignorance are difficult to dare to contemplate.

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