Reality can be said to be constructed out of our own minds. That while our brains and bodies interpret light and sound waves and all sensory stimuli into images and music and a (somewhat consistent) world, we in fact create this very world we seem to just inhabit.
There are very compelling explanations of why this is so, coming from many different fields, from sociology to neuroscience, from psychology to particle physics.
A common reaction to this is that if there is no common reality to unite us then we are aisled into lonely realities. That basically every person is alone in his own onanistic little asteroids.
This is a mistake.
The reason is that confirmation of truth is required only if there is ultimate reality to begin with. To refuse radical subjectivity as onanistic is only possible with an inconsiderate assumption of reality. But it is this assumption itself which is called into question.
So we create reality, but this does not take away our north: Reference frames are temporary and flowing.
When discussing epistemology you can’t stop to talk about that nagging doubt you have about whether or not you should take that CD over to Curitiba. I mean, you can’t address personal, local, selfish problems. After all, Truth will not stop being truth just to make room for your issues. But i beg to differ. »
The so called Mind-Body Problem is an older than dust problem in Philosophy, so old in fact that to really understand it we should talk about it in very different terms than originally proposed. It is also a problem which tends to sound trivial at first mention, but becomes harder and harder as we think further about it. Let’s put it like: how can an immaterial thing be produced from something material? There are things we know are “of the mind”: an idea, an information, an equation or even an opinion. And there are things we know are “of the material world”: a brain cell or a processor chip. But how can the later create the former? This is our circumstance:
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I fell into a LSD cauldron when i was a kid and the effects have become permanent.That’s why when i use drugs i just feel myself different, not crazier, not less worried, just different. And it gets boring pretty fast.
I used to say that, but, seriously, now i think we are all constantly delusional. I think most of the best features of mankind are delusions. Conscience, for example. I think conscience is a sort of chemical unbalance in the brain, which by the way we train our babies to provoke in themselves, which causes us to believe in something we call “awareness” or “soul” or “identity”.
I think the brain is basically a huge, complex, sophisticated, powerful drug-producing facility.
And one can teach oneself to produce best or worse drugs. Like happiness, for example. This one is a very good one.