“Back in June I said that everyone is trying to will the coronavirus out of existence. And look where that has gotten us to,” my friend said.
While it is fine to think of everything as objects of the mind one still questions whether it is helpful to do so or not.
Because in the end, objects of the mind of object of reality must be dealt with in terms of being objects of reality, not as objects of the mind.
In short, given that all things are equal to prioritise the mind over matter is more problematic the opposite.
If we are to survive this pandemic we need to take physical as well as mental precautions. We cannot believe that by simply ignoring it or by willing it away, it will go away.
Realism that has been described as colorless reductionism I call your colourful additionalism*. My move is a kind of Ockham’s Razor and partly Zen Buddhism. I was taught that some things are unnecessary.
*Mix of American and British spelling fully intended.
We often confuse sensation and perception.
Think of the camera obscura. There is nothing but light which is making the image on the wall. Or think of a video camera attached to a video screen. The camera captures the light external to it, turns it into data and turns that data in to the video image on the screen. It does not “think” about the image. It does not “have an opinion” of it. It simply reproduces it.
The eye does the same thing. It captures light eternal to it, turns it into data and reproduces that in your brain. Until then it does not “think” about the image. Thinking occurs after that data is received. That raw data is sensation. The processed data after reception is perception.
If you are still not convinced then this talk by Sheila Nirenberg about her research on the prothetic eye is an excellent real-world demonstration of what sensation and sense data is.
It would be nice if tomorrow I would woke up and a different US president was in the White House. But because there is one reality I have to be content and continue with it.
It would also be nice if I woke up tomorrow morning to find I am a world famous scholar with three important books on my resume. Again, that would not be the case. I must work for those. Sigh.
minds do not emerge
would like them to
the machinery, empty
mysteriously move through
how are we to know
if any thing exists at all
if this, our greatest illusion
kept up its charade
until the very last
i cannot know anything
a god or a self
to have concepts of them
to be our creations
that the world
is void and full
all at once
from the beginning, and
until the very end