[Pooja offered this in Comments recently on the FM ning (Dec. 15/17), I have taken the liberty to post their comments in this Forum, so that others may join in the dialogue I wish to have with Pooja. I encourage all FM ning members to participate here in the Forum and Comment formats; note: Pooja's writing is in black and my own questions and comments are in brown font]
1. I am writing a book on my own model of consciousness which basically pertains to panexperientialist view about the world. A human is defined as a collection of selfs, each struggling to exist by way of interaction with the external entities. I will talk in detail about the process of fear in my book, but also in the near future (Jan 5) when I meet Mr. Desh Subba personally in Surat India.
1a. Tell us what is the "problem" to which you are investigating in your book and your work/life in general as obviously a serious thinker, researcher?
1b. Could you tell us about who you are (a little autobiography), where you live and what cultural background and age you are to help us contextualize you as a researcher/writer? Is this book from a university thesis, dissertation, or what? What do you do for livelihood? Have you published other works we can read or watch you on video, etc.?
1c. When you say this is your "own model of consciousness," what makes it your own? What other models of consciousness have you studied and why did you think it was necessary to develop your "own" model? Therefore, what critiques have you developed to and have you followed any other theorists, philosophers closely to guide you on your path and intellectual development to come to your own model? Tell us who they are and what you like about them.
1d. Define more precisely "panexperientialist view" and why has it arisen as a 'better' way than other views of the world/reality. I think this is an important ontological issue for our postmodern times, and I would like to bring this view or perspective to the study of fear ... so, you may help us please to understand this and who we also may read to study it beyond only your interpretation of it.
1e. Do you have any particular question you wish to ask me initially?
[OK, that is my first set of questions. I look forward to your answers.]
I define emotion as the process of struggle between the selfs.
An emotion is how an entity is present in the vicinity of a particular stimulus or how it escapes from the vicinity of the stimulus.
Like other emotions, I see fear as one that enables the entity to flee or escape from the vicinity of the stimulus.
About fearlessness, I think one can be fearless only by understanding what fear is for, not by worrying about fear of what. I think once we understand the purpose of fear, all kinds of fears will be seen as the same.
I am also interested in how fear leads to anger especially.
Love is the empathetic relation between two persons. When one is in fear the other may also learn about the other's fear and is likely to be fearful too. I think to be fearless is an understanding which arises from within the person, whereas love can propagate such awareness to add to fear or fearlessness.
Hope to talk to you more,