On how perspective affects the nature of things

Is the mind the same as the body? What is consciousness? Can machines have it?

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Re: On how perspective affects the nature of things

Post by madera » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:32 pm

Zandareagle wrote:It's a generally agreed upon truth that how you perceive something affects what it is to you. If you see someone as good,
he will be good, if you see someone as irritating, he will be irritating. So far so good, right? In fact, it could be
argued that the entirety of anything is exactly how you perceive it - that there is no difference between perception and
reality because one is the other.

How far does this go, though? You can't "perceive" your way into godhood, for instance. If you believe you are not hungry,
but you indeed are, eventually you will die without enough food. There are aspects of reality that seem (at least to me)
to trump all perception.

Perhaps it's not a question of whether perception influences reality, but how much. If you drop your cup on the ground,
then you really have dropped it on the ground, you can't "believe it" away. Maybe perception matters more to our emotional
and spiritual realities than it does to the physical reality of things?

Just some musings and thinking aloud. It's something that's been on my mind this week or so, but I haven't gone into any
serious research or dialectics about it.

What do you all think?
Insight is reliable, perception is deceptive.

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