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phoenyx's avatar

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are. Agree or disagree?

Asked by phoenyx (7380points) June 5th, 2009
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gailcalled's avatar

Check out the philosophy of Solipsism.

“Solipsism is the philosophical idea that one’s own mind is all that exists. Solipsism is an epistemological or ontological position that knowledge of anything outside the mind is unjustified. The external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist. In the history of philosophy, solipsism has served as a skeptical hypothesis.”

I think one doesn’t agree or disagree with this credo; one debates at long length.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

Unless what “we are” is someone able to think outside of this paradigm.

kevbo's avatar

Agree. There are so many ways to perceive reality, and frequently we each individually seek evidence that confirms our individual beliefs.

pancakebones's avatar

Agreeeee. We each have our own filter.

bonus's avatar

Or, perhaps, in some ways as we would wish to be.

whatthefluther's avatar

We see the world as our eyes are capable of viewing it and transmitting what it views to our minds which then decides what to process and how to interpret that which it does process. The capability and capacity of the eye, the neural transmitters and the brain all enter into the equation, so we end up with our own individual vision of the world which may be very different to another’s vision. This always keeps communication, and life in general, pretty interesting….wtf

swtsally's avatar

we see what we want to see just like we believe what we want to believe. everybody in the world has a different perception on life. ask any 2 people and you’ll most likely get very different answers. but that’s life. and i think the world was meant to be like that. if everyone thought the same thing about everything, we would just live in a bland boring world.

kevbo's avatar

@whatthefluther, yeah, and what is freaky is that the part of your brain that processes images is always in total darkness.

I know that’s true for the entire brain for all but the rarest and most painful situations, but damn.

whatthefluther's avatar

@kevbo…You are are absolutely correct. It is also bathed in a warm and moist environment which could place it into a comfort zone that runs counter to its purpose (of course, its purpose can be debated)!.

arnbev959's avatar

Isn’t it crazy that your whole concept of everything is in the brain, even your concept of your body being in a particular location, or of space between objects, or of temperature? And it’s impossible to escape the brain.

I’m looking around the room, but none of it is actually external. My concept of space, of that desk, that picture, that lamp, are all inside me brain. The whole world as I know it is inside my head. My hands even. I’m looking at them right now. They appear to be outside in the world, but really my concept of them is a projection inside my brain.

The world as it is objectively is impossible to comprehend, because there aren’t enough senses to perceive it, and pay attention to every part of it. I imagine reality to be an infinite number of particles and forces (some of which no human being can ever know due to lack of a sense that can pick up on them) without any sense of sense whatsoever. No light as we think of it, or color, or heat, or any other quality, since those are qualities and humans can only think in terms of qualities.

whatthefluther's avatar

@petethepothead…I believe you are on (to) something. Kindly pass that thing so I can confirm. Thanks…wtf

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bythebay's avatar

Your perception is truly your reality. This explains why so many arguments and attempts to sway another’s reasoning or beliefs fail miserably. The fact we are able to reasonably communicate and interact with each other so frequently and with relative understanding is pretty amazing.

Mr_Callahan's avatar

Disagree, it is different for everyone and there are many variables especially education. The more we know about the world and world events, the closer we come to reality.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I agree, that is why trying to change someone else’s beliefs through argument or debate is pointless. A person who says that God talks to them isn’t going to take anything an atheist says seriously, because THEY KNOW what is real and what isn’t.

wundayatta's avatar

As we are is what it is.

SATORI_DO's avatar

We are all ignorant to the degree that we can only percieve reality from a limited, relative position, perspective, and level of perception. Factor in our underlying suppositions, personal inclinations, preferences, beliefs, etc. If we could ever fathom Truth, with a capital T, it would be only in proportion to the extent that such filters and limitations were diminished.

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