Tag Archives: Perception

Existence

The fact or state of living, or having objective reality.

Prove Me Wrong

Existence-The fact or state of living, or having objective reality.

I have often asked myself, how I would know that my dreams aren’t the reality in which I physically exist. Consequently, my perceptions of truth would be my dream. I don’t believe anyone can know for sure. 1 in 20 people are deemed color blind, but how do we know they are the ones who are color blind? We say we know,because the majority of people see color the same. Well if there was an island filled with only the color blind, except for one man than he would be considered the one with the disorder. Alternatively, even if over the years, more people came forward as color blind, leaving the percentage of non-color-blind people as the minority then, our perception of what is genuinely the correct color would change.

The idea that everything we consider reality, is to be taking place only in our mind, is interesting to me, and I can even see how this would be believed by many if that were the case. Unfortunately, though, I would find it sad that our mind simulates our reality and I was unable to come up with a better one than this.

If everything is happening only in our mind, then someone must be controlling our actions. Otherwise, why would you perceive a crack in the sidewalk and not see it? Tripping over it. How can I know what something will look like based on touching it? How can all my senses, be so in sync with each other? Moreover, most of the people are so in sync with each other on the way we perceive the world. Alternatively, if my reality is a virtual simulation built in my mind, do other people even actually exist? There are too many questions that would need long contemplation, to also come up with a theory on this subject. Though, to me, the origin of our reality is irrelevant. Descartes had implied; to know that you exist is the only thing you can be sure of.

“I think. Therefore I am.” -Descartes

Absolute Knowledge

Plato’s cave analogy produces the conclusion that your perception of reality is your reality; because you are unable to perceive anything outside of your reality. Though perception is variable, therefore nothing is truly absolute or can be proven like this. Descartes asserts, “Only pure knowledge known by resources of reason can be totally reliable.” I would argue then, that reason is learned based on situation and environment, which changes for each person.

Every person perceives each situation differently, therefore, the reason is also variable. What anyone can know, is derived from information gathered, from observation of the world. Then used to draw a conclusion widely agreed upon, but since what we know comes from what we observe and what we have the ability to observe continues to progress, factors multiple and the prior knowledge expands, therefore, changing what you thought you knew.

Consequently what you are able to observe and claim to know how and what you will “know” in the future, will differ. That being said no one can ever truly know anything, because you know what you know until what you know changes so actually you never truly knew what you thought you did.