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Rewriting reality

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Re: Rewriting reality

Post by chaos_mora » May 28th, 2018, 1:27 pm

Erribert wrote:
May 27th, 2018, 9:48 pm
There is the sentiment that our reality is only that which is conveyed by our five senses, and compiled by our brain. Even then, more than 99% of information is first filtered out. Each heartbeat or breath, the muscles involved in walking, our fantastic immune system. All too much information for our active take on reality.

Thus, our reality is subjective, being produced by the brain. Our agreement about reality makes it appear objective. However, such agreements are trained into us. From personal experiences with such, I can say that the reality of an autistic child is nothing like my own. Which one is right? One such example is the living squarely in the moment, no past or future. Every minute comes with”what happens next?”. Many on the spiritual path try to reach this reality as if it is some panacea. Perhaps they want a form of autism.

Science continuously changes its mind, so we cannot trust what it claims. We have faith in our own thoughts, although we have no control over them.

I am all for an everchanging reality. Maybe it changes all the time and we simply take it as our normal reality. Consistency may be rapid change.

All very interesting when it comes to reality. While I do not condone drugs, DMT may be a doorway to another reality. This would make sense if reality is subjective.

Thanks for your musing.

I think exactly the same way! I personally take this to the dimensions of things such as dreaming, and how they could represent other realities within consciousness, as kooky as that sounds. It's pretty easy for us to automatically dismiss dreams as "unreal," but our waking life could be just as much a dream that we have no way of escaping from. Descartes framed this nicely in his "evil demon" argument, and it's part of why I think consciousness is most likely fundamental.

As for reality changing, I like to think of it like this: we claim that reality has been the same for billions of years, but if it WERE to change, all of those billions of years would change to suit it. It wouldn't be that we forget; it's that after the change, there'd be nothing to remember. It could happen all the time and we just wouldn't know it. However, I think the only thing that remains constant through these shifts is consciousness, since (as an idealist) I think the shifts occur within consciousness. Our memory can change, of course, but I don't think consciousness can be killed.

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Re: Rewriting reality

Post by Rederic » May 31st, 2018, 1:23 pm

Hollywood rewrites reality all the time.
Religion is at its best when it makes us ask hard questions of ourselves.
It is at its worst when it deludes us into thinking we have all the answers for everybody else.
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Re: Rewriting reality

Post by johnsonraider » August 4th, 2018, 8:11 am

Dear chaos_mora, Your thread is so cool. I can't say more because of My out of range. But discussion going to positive knowledge.

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