Many of our forefathers witnessed new, exotic lands through ships' porthole, our eyes, likewise provide a near-circular lens onto the world, as does the camera’s lens. The landscape above & within the clouds as viewed through the medium of an aircraft’s proscenium porthole provides us with a modern version of the argument, of Plato’s Theory of Forms, rationalist verses Aristotelian empiricist ideas, this time playing with Newton and Einstein's theories of time and dimensions, yet always returning to objectivity versus subjectivity, rationalism versus empiricism.
Many of our forefathers witnessed new, exotic lands through ships' porthole, our eyes, likewise provide a near-circular lens onto the world, as does a camera’s lens. The landscape above & within the clouds as viewed through the medium of an aircraft’s proscenium porthole provides us with a modern version of Plato’s Theory of forms, that things are not as real as they might appear, in opposition Aristotle's own more empirical theories. Later during the Enlightenment you had a ranging debate between the Rationalists and the Empiricists, Kant attempted to mediate a middle ground, but what, if through an aircrafts’ proscenium porthole we are given a glimpse that takes us to a new concept of the philosophy of things as they are perhaps not in themselves? Are we witnessing a non-entropic time-line instead, where things do not disappear they simply become inaccessible, a slice of block time, which posits the past hasn't gone, the future is already here, as for Einstein everything that has happened is happening. At this height, in the clouds, we can theorise ontologically of the nature of time, , Rationalise, but we can't Empirically confirm beyond this aircrafts' portal, not being able to touch these clouds, confirm their existence, yet we may be travelling away from an ongoing event which is neither lost, nor finished, but it is being what is our past, Eternallism? Would those men and women who crossed the oceans with a sea beneath them have conceived have such experiences in the future? Is it possible through a concept of the Multiverse that they are still travelling, still looking through their own portholes, the landscape of both the physical world and their imagination as we are today, looking out through our own proscenium arch at a landscape of our own reality and imaginations?