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by RG1
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?
Replies: 123
Views: 8173

Re: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?

Henry Quirk wrote:I say the odds my perceptions of reality are accurate (that I perceive the world 'as it is') are close to 100%. I say 'close to' cuz I guess there's some small chance (less than one percent) that I'm wrong and reality 'is' a product of my imagination.
How could you know one way or the other?
by RG1
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?
Replies: 123
Views: 8173

Re: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?

Henry, you are too hard on yourself.

Also, what are the odds that perceptions are of reality? Certainly less than 50/50, ...right?
by RG1
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?
Replies: 123
Views: 8173

Re: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?

henry quirk wrote:This comes up frequently in conversations about 'solipsism'. My response: I believe the world I perceive is real, exists outside and independent of me, simply cuz I know for a fact I'm too friggin' dumb to be makin' all that shit up.
Maybe your imagination is very imaginative?
by RG1
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?
Replies: 123
Views: 8173

Re: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?

Since I have nothing else to trust other than my perceptions, I must rely upon my perceptions to show me reality. Why not rely on them to show you fantasy (non-reality)? From what basis do you determine your perceptions are real as opposed to non-real? Claiming your perceptions are more real than n...
by RG1
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?
Replies: 123
Views: 8173

Re: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?

Since I have nothing else to trust other than my perceptions, I must rely upon my perceptions to show me reality. Why not rely on them to show you fantasy (non-reality)? From what basis do you determine your perceptions are real as opposed to non-real? Claiming your perceptions are more real than n...
by RG1
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 358
Views: 26961

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

...there is no one to experience an experience, there is only this immediate unidentified experiencing ..life is a verb.. no one is living life, it is living itself. Not so. This is a logical impossibility .--- 'Something' can't happen with 'no-thing' happening. --- if something is happening, then ...
by RG1
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 358
Views: 26961

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

An experience is a physical bodily reaction (e.g. sensory reactions, thoughts, feelings/urges). Consciousness is the (singular experience of) 'recognition' of said bodily reaction. The ''sensation'' is the experience ....NOT CONSCIOUSNESS. How do you ' know ' you had this sensation/experience? Must...
by RG1
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 358
Views: 26961

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

Consciousness is the experience of 'recognition' (made possible by memory). An experience is an appearance in consciousness… Close. An experience is a physical bodily reaction (e.g. sensory reactions, thoughts, feelings/urges). Consciousness is the (singular experience of) 'recognition' of said bod...
by RG1
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 358
Views: 26961

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

Dontaskme wrote:Consciousness is not an experience...
Incorrect. Consciousness is the experience of 'recognition' (made possible by memory).
by RG1
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The origins of the universe
Replies: 19
Views: 1663

Re: The origins of the universe

Therefore, there are two possibilities to me. An infinite regress of causes and effects, which is incomprehensible (if my inference is correct that an actual infinity is impossible), or there is a necessary creator, who has always existed and who always will exit, which is once again, incomprehensi...
by RG1
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?
Replies: 123
Views: 8173

Re: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?

AlexW wrote:There is nothing to trust, just to experience.
Yes, even the experience of trusting, is only still just an experience.
by RG1
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?
Replies: 123
Views: 8173

Re: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?

I like your answer QuantumT.
by RG1
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?
Replies: 123
Views: 8173

Re: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?

AlexW wrote:Your senses simply deliver data - raw data / direct experience cannot be unreal. It's the thoughts about this data one should be questioning.
But aren't thoughts "data" too? Don't we experience ("perceive") them as well? -- can we trust them?
by RG1
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Your reality?
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Re: Your reality?

Reality is the collection of all that which exists with certainty. Certainties are that which exist independent of one’s perceptions. Premise 1: Reality Exists. -- If reality does not exist, then my comments here are nothing. If reality exists then ‘something’ of certainty exists. Reality is the tot...
by RG1
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?
Replies: 123
Views: 8173

Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real?

. Can we trust our perceptions to tell us what's real? Next time you board a plane, take a window seat. After you get settled in, peer out the porthole window. Now try to imagine that this porthole is your ONLY connection to reality; in other words, imagine that this porthole is your own private, pe...