We are to aim at getting observations without aim, to subject to thought things seen without thought.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Journal B (31 May 1836), in Selected Journals 1841-1877 (ed. Lawrence Rosenwald)
(Cf. Graham Harman: “We know without knowing, and think without thinking, by alluding to a thing rather than reducing it to a model contained within thought.”)