Philosophical triangulation

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People ask how can the sensory representation of the physical world be relied upon. They ask how can I be sure that thing I see is there. The question is always framed through the visual sense.

Yet, all senses come into play.

The perceived thing visually will likely be accompanied by sound. If near enough I could probably touch and smell it. And if you are a baby you will likely want to lick (taste) it. In short, verification is never in a single sense dimension.

This kind of sensory triangulation is often forgotten. We do it so automatically that we take it for granted.

Yet the “what if the sun doesn’t rise tomorrow?” question should really be more precise like “what if the sun rises tomorrow and I don’t feel its heat?” The discrepancy between senses should trigger alarm bells.

It could be a dream perhaps. Or am I a man dreaming of being in a physical world, or a man in a physical world dreaming?

Silly question really.

For what elaborate reason would there be for creating this kind of The Matrix illusion?

Give me the red pill, please, and bring on the philosophical sentinels.

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The problem then with minds, souls, and spirits is that there is no triangulation other than hearsay. And when there is triangulation to the mind it is always through observation of a body-object.

There is no transference of The Matrix-like I-know-kung-fu data.

Nothing is there … or rather only a movie is there.

The imagination of the brain (not the mind) is what gives us The Matrix (literature and entertainment), Idealism (philosophy), the special theory of relativity (science), and God (religion).

Not only does the brain lead us to astray (as metaphors do), it also leads us sometimes back onto the right path (as metaphors do).

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    1. signature103 Post author

      A physical reality.

      The mental/self reality relies entirely on the physical reality.

      The soulful/spiritual reality may or may not exist but in the end has nothing to do with the physical reality.

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    1. signature103 Post author

      Some say no (idealists) Others say yes (physical realists).

      If the reality supervenes to mind then at the very start of the reality there should not have been a reality at all. Or the reality will disappear when the last mind ends.

      Of course some claim the only mind that really counts is that of God’s. But what if one does not believe there is a God, god, or gods?

      It is more likely the mind is dependent on the reality, and that a reality without minds is entirely possible, had probably existed and will exist again.

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