Let us first divide cognition into rational analyse,
And sensory perception which Descartes considered valueless,
Now reason gives us concepts which are true but tautological,
Sensation gives us images whose content is phenomenal.
Whatever greets are senses must exist in space and time,
Or else it would be nowhere and nowhen and therefore slime,
The space and time we presuppose before we sense reality,
must have innate subjective transcendental ideality,
Thus space and time are forms of our perception,
Whereby sensations are synthesised into orderly array.
The same must hold for rational conception,
In everything we think the laws of logic must hold sway.
But a problem here arises with respect to natural science,
While empirical in method on pure though it lies reliant,
Although for Newton’s findings we to Newton give the glory,
Newton never could have found them if they weren’t known a priori.
We know that nature governed is by principles immutable,
But how we come to know is inherently inscrutable,
That thought requires logic is a standpoint unassailable,
But for objects of our senses explanations aren’t available.
So let’s attempt to vivisect cognition,
By critical analysis in hope that we find,
The link between pure thought and intuition,
A deduction transcendental will shed light upon the mind.
You may recall that space and time are forms of apprehension,
And therefore what we sense has spatiotemporal extension,
Whatever is extended is composed of a plurality,
But through an act of synthesis we form a communality.
If we are to be conscious of a single concrete entity,
Each part of its extension must be given independently,
Combining in a transcendental apperceptive unity,
To which I may ascribe the term self–conscious with impunity.
The order of various sensations arises from connections,
Not be held in sense alone,
Our self creates the rules of their relations,
And of this combination it is conscious of its own.
While these rules correspond to scientific causal laws,
The question of their constancy remains to give us pause,
But once we recollect the source of our self-conscious mind,
To this perverse dilemma a solution we may find.
The self is nothing but its act in synthesis sublime,
This act must be the same to be self-conscious over time,
The rules for combination of its selfhood form the ground,
So what we perceive tomorrow by today’s laws must be bound.
These constant laws whereby we shape experience,
Are simply those which regulate our reason that is plain,
So don’t ask why the stars display invariance,
The cosmos is produced by your disoriented brain.
*This is not my own work but something I found on YouTube and proved useful in helping me remember the point of what Kant was suggesting to see the article it’s in original form a link to the YouTube clip has been attached*