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Reality from perception [closed]

Is reality determined by what we perceive or what it is? Can we know reality, or at best, do we perceive it through knowledge of our immediate members?
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Is reality really “nothing but a hallucination”?

I asked this a few minutes ago on physics.stackexchange and they redirected me here This question relates to the premise put forth in this TED talk, that reality is nothing but a shared hallucination:...
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Schopenauer's critique of Kant: the distinction between knowledge of perception from abstract knowledge

I am reading "The World as Will and Representation" by Arthur Schopenhauer (Norman, J., Welchman, A., & Janaway, C. (Eds.). (2010). Schopenhauer: 'The World as Will and Representation'). In the ...
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Can we ask an infinite amount of questions or is there a limit to how many questions we can ask? [closed]

I've been thinking about the nature of questions and answers to questions. Can I ask people opinions on whether they think it is possible to ask an infinite amount of questions or do we as human ...
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Is it impossible for two people to experience the same event?

Statement No two people can experience the same event. Proof for statement If two people interact ("share an event") then really, there were two interactions: Person A -----------> Perceived ...
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Does Descartes identify stimulus, perception and interpretation?

Thomas Kuhn, in The Structure of Scientific Revolution, refuses the cartesian philosophical paradigm because he separates observational stiumulus from interpretation and from sensation/interpretation ...
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If nothing happens, does time still pass?

This question may have been asked before; actually, it's definitely been asked before, since it's on the topic of whether time is real or a man-made construct, but I don't believe it has yet been ...
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Proof that red and blue are different

How do you prove that two colors like red and blue are different? I'm not talking about their difference in frequency, I'm talking about its perception. It seems to me that the only possible argument ...
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Death and what it means to be dead [closed]

I have seen someone's post on here that had the same idea as I have. His belief was, when you die, the universe dies with you. Now this is a controversial position because there are people who ...
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Does one's perception of reality affect reality?

When taking in a situation, how much does the perception and predisposition to certain feelings (anger, anxeity, etc) as well as all the various enviroment inputs, like how one was raised, the things ...
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What does Kuhn object to Descartes as regard to perception / interpretation?

Kuhn [1962/1970], in the chapter *Revolutions as Changes of World View *, says: […] this very usual view of what occurs when scientists change their minds about fundamental matters can be neither ...
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Was active ignorance the genesis of self awareness?

In other words, is an organism's ability to ignore some of the sensory input it receives from the outside world the first requirement in defining self from other?
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Aristotle and proper objects of perception

I think we can safely say that proper objects of perception are sensible forms. Proper objects of reason are intelligible forms. It is often said that in seeing, sense and its proper object are the ...
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Assuming perceptual realism, if there exists a red apple, and I am thinking of it, is the thing in my mind red?

Is there a thing in my mind? Is that how it's phrased? I understand there is the definition of apple as a concept...is this what is in my mind? The definition doesn't include red though...Honestly I ...
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Difference between Locke's Primary and Secondary Qualities

I understand Locke's definitions of Primary Qualities as being mind-independent and residing in the world, and Secondary Qualities as being mind-dependent and reliant on us. But did he provide a ...
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Perception and Time

How is the subject of 'Time' portrayed? Is the record of human awareness and understanding of 'Time' better articulated by the history of Philosophy or better expressed by the history of Art? In ...
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Material Perception and Quantity

It appears to me all our senses that allow us a perception of the world give us only a relative measure of quantity from the world‘s projection or reflection. The world returns relative measure from ...
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Schrödinger: order and perception

In a book called What is life? the Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger ask himself why we don't perceive atoms, and says: The reason for this is, that what we call thought is itself an orderly ...
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The possibility of linking two perceptual modalities in a coherent way

I am reading the book of Roy Harris "Rethinking writing" and see his arguments in favor of autonomity of writing from speech. There could be no complete isomorphism between any system of visible ...
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Digital Minds and their perception

My question is, “Would a digital mind, subject to a digital universe, perceptually be any different in its experience than an analogue mind to an analogue world in its experience?” I guess what I ...
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Russell and Meinong on Presentations and Representaitons

I am reading Russell's second installment in the series On Meinong's Theory of Complexes and Assumption. Among many things, presentations are discussed a lot in these articles. What exactly do Russell ...
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Starting on Husserl and Merleau-Ponty

I'm taking undergraduate studies in Social Sciencies and because of a research I'm working on I started to read Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception and realized that this book requires a ...
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why is it impossible to predict or foresee the future but if can what is the closest method to do so

I threw a question wondered in my head for sometimes which I cannot prove specifically. The titled question I guess is every where every time and even across the culture. to be detailed, In some ...
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Is there a unison in the interpretation of primary emotions?

Is there a unison in the interpretation of primary emotions? Is the expression of primary emotions like happiness, sadness, shock, excitement, culturally uniform? The body language and facial ...
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Delayed perception

We're aware of a delay in perceptions due the the brains processing speed, but if thoughts and actions are a subconscious process and our conscious mind only becomes aware of the thoughts, the same ...
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Can we see actual light (electromagnetic radiation)?

To see, means to consciously perceive, unlike detect, which is a mechanical process, which requires no consciousness. A infrared camera can detect light, but it sees nothing. We, humans, see a ...
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Why that cave dweller is called a misogynist? [closed]

I was reading this article on coindesk.com. The first line of this article says "For all we know, the first cave-dweller to rub two sticks together was a misogynist. Or maybe just a mean person."...
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Can we see an actual object?

Kants take on reality is that we perceive indirect reality. This is the belief that we perceive the representation of the world (our brains interpretation of reality) and not the real world (The world ...
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What is the nature of our reality?

Is our reality nouminal or phenomenal? Do we perceive actual reality or a simulation of reality of which our brain is the simulator. This is not to be confused with the simulation hypothesis (which ...
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What perceptual error is this?

Consider this scenario: Andy believes all gay people are "flamboyant", because all gay people he has encountered in the past have met that perception. In reality, Andy has met many gay people ...
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Is there a difference between the properties that a concept has and the properties a real object has?

If I am thinking of an apple, and I think of it as red, is that a different kind of red to the property of red a real object has? I would think that the property of red a real apple has is a real red,...
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What are the correct terms for a concept and the real thing it represents?

Realism about an object is the view that this object exists in reality independently of our conceptual scheme. Does that mean that if I am thinking about an apple, the concept of the apple is in my ...
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Is art the object I'm consuming or what is happening within my own mind as I consume it?

Whether the object be a painting, sculpture, or a recordings piece of music: is that the art or what's happening within my own mind when I consume it (look, listen, and so on)?
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Is art just abstract or is concrete and I simply perceive different parts of it every time?

When I enjoy any piece of art (painting, song, and so on), I've the impression of getting different perception due to the environment where I'm "consuming" it. It seems that lights, rooms, and many ...
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Any chapter length study on the phenomenology of my reflection in a mirror?

Is there any chapter length study on the phenomenology of my reflection in a mirror? I'm just looking for a philosophical description of what's happening there, it has nothing to do with my (highly ...
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Is it possible to imagine a color one has never seen before?

We can easily imagine any color we have seen at some point in life (e.g., white, black, rainbow colors). But what would it take one to understand and "see" a new color? P.S.: There are more colors ...
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What's the purpose of listening/share other people/own music?

For psychology and physics motivations, I'll never get the whole idea about a piece of music made by other peoples (it won't translate from his mind to my mind; even because what I'll listening, even ...
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Can we really attribute property P to an object with multiple parts which differ with respect to P?

So I've got myself into a tangle with properties. I have quite a strong intuition about something, but a few have told me it's wrong. I'm hoping that either (i) my view is less controversial than they ...
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If it can't be measured, how can we know it's not a delusion?

I'm not talking about solipsism, or the evil demon/genius of Descartes. I'm talking about the McNamara fallacy, which is obviously a fallacy. Can we say that everything that exists is measurable, ...
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Did Kant explain how a person is able to make a reliable decision, given that the noumenal world is unknowable?

Kant argued that, in matters of perception, there is a noumenon and a phenomenon. The phenomenal world is that which a human can perceive. But the noumenal world exists independently of human ...
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Is the “speed of time” perception a quale we can share?

The perception of time seems to be a quale as every other else. Though, the unique thing about it could be that it's actually measurable. People regulate their drowsiness by objective factors like ...
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Clear and distinct

Descartes talks about clear and distinct perceptions, in which clear means 'what is present and accessible to the attentive mind' and distinct means 'being clear and sharply seperated from all other ...
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What are the main theories about divided consciousness?

I've found several different articles which compile interpretations of an actual possibility of brain dissection where both hemispheres continue working, and, where both still closely relate, but I'm ...
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What is the connection between color qualia and color frequencies? [closed]

I acknowledge that what we perceive electromagnetic waves of frequency 400 micro meters as green because that's what we decided to call green and not the other way around. But by our experience of ...
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What is the physical world if everything is perception?

This is ultimately the question that raises for me when I think about the 'nature of consciousness' and neurosciences. I don't think there's a point in denying science. Perception comes from the ...
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What is the ontological basis for sentience arising from complexity?

Recently I read a comment that most physicalists believe that some threshold of complexity must be surpassed prior to any sentience being exhibited. I've heard of similar ideas a lot, but I've never ...
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How can we understand the “intentional fallacy” mentioned by Pylyshyn?

In his book, Things and Places, Zenon W. Pylyshyn says the following: What has gone wrong is that we are using the content of phenomenological experience as the explanandum: we are trying to ...
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How does Putnam's internal realism differ from indirect realism?

From my understanding they both argue that there is a world independent of our beliefs and perceptions and that this world is causally responsible for what we see but that the features of our ...
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What are convincing examples of “mistaken” qualia?

What is the strongest example that we can be mistaken about the experience of our qualia? The reasoning for the infallibility of the experience of qualia is based on the immediateness of qualia. ...
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How did George Berkeley justify his disbelief in matter?

I recently read Berkeley's work entitled "Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous" in which he gives an account very similar to that of Kant. "Appearances, so far as they are thought as objects ...