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  • n. The reception of impressions or sensations (by the brain) without any intellectual understanding.


As if from an Ancient Greek etymon of the form *ἀνοησις (anoēsis, "lack of intelligence”, “lack of understanding"); compare the English noesis and the Ancient Greek ἀνόητος (anoētos, "inconceivable"). (Wiktionary)


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  • "Normally, on my long-distance walks, anoesis descends within a few miles: the mental tape loop of infuriating resentments, or inane pop lyrics, or nonce phrases gives way to the greeny-beige noise of the outdoors."
    Psychogeography by Will Self, 39-40

    October 11, 2010

  • A state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content.

    July 29, 2008