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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

You start with the assumption that there is no afterlife beyond the death of a person, and there are no remains of the person's soul. To avoid the problematic and burdened word “soul” I translate your ...
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How to prove the world is real, and one isn’t just hallucinating everything?

It sounds like you're asking: How do I know reality is real? So, there are variety of scenarios that have been offered in philosophy that challenge the thinker to think about proof and reality. All ...
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How to prove the world is real, and one isn’t just hallucinating everything?

Two options: this reality is really real, or it isn't. If reality isn't real, you're probably not going to be able to prove it's not real any time soon, nor figure out the real nature of reality. You'...
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What is the definition of real?

There is no one canonical and privileged definition of 'real'. However, in the most intuitive sense, it is anything that is independent of us and our existence and immediately apprehensible. This is ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

This is one of the fundamental questions of existence, and one to which different philosophical and religious traditions have given quite different and incompatible answers. It's also an open question,...
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What do we mean when we ask "What's the – fundamental – nature of reality?"

Depends on whom you ask Logical Positivists Reality consists of things that can be verified through observation and logic. Statements with no clear meaning or basis in observable evidence are ...
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Is probability physical or idealistic? Is probability an inherent part of nature/reality?

It is both physical and idealistic. For example, if a dice is rolled repeatedly, on average each number will come up around a sixth of the time. That tendency is physical. The language of probability ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

What do you perceive when you're sleeping and not dreaming? You don't perceive darkness, there is just an absence of experience. You go to bed, and hours pass while you experience nothing, and then ...
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Is there a work of fiction so "fictional", that is so different from our everyday reality, that there is absolutely nothing similar to it?

Of course, no problem at all. Look. The Cadmium Sycamore's Lullaby Rzbxl qpjnfds hwutrck bly'pq omvlei kczmnu 8&% t3rv\ `po98iq 23rp$ mxnldjg rgsbqlx cafj0y1 n2ue6d@ 5t7yzw0 lmqojan %ks^2pv :p8*...
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Why is Philosophy not taught in schools or more widely studied?

[Since you say you are from India...] This is generally more true for poorer countries than for 1st world countries. The reason is obvious: people in these places typically called the East, or ...
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How small can we measure space?

We can measure down to somewhere between 10^-15 meter and 10^-18 meter, these are exceedingly small sizes. There is no experimental evidence for a theoretical "bottom limit" on size ...
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What is the definition of real?

Paraphrasing Wikipedia on quantum mechanics, an object is real if outcomes of measurements of the object are well-defined prior to – and independent of – the measurements. Considering your examples, ...
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Do objects exist as the way we think they do even when nobody sees them

If you would have the size of an electron, no objects like cars or clouds would exist for you. If you would live a billion times slower, animals would look like sparks for you. If you would have the ...
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Location of Soul

What you are articulating is a dualist model of mind. Dualism is currently an unpopular POV among philosophers, but there are a number of major philosophers and scientists of the last half century ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

The inconsistency in what you suppose is that on the one hand you assume there will be no afterlife, but on the other you assume that you will experience the sensation of darkness and space. Those two ...
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Is there a work of fiction so "fictional", that is so different from our everyday reality, that there is absolutely nothing similar to it?

It is a nature of the human brain to make shortcut connections (while processing information) to something already known or experienced. Even if an alien who has never been on Earth wrote a novel, you ...
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Is consciousness universal?

Is consciousness universal? Given the rest of your question, universal here presumably means that every bit of matter is conscious. This is committing the same fallacies as the Trinity. Allow me to ...
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Is there a work of fiction so "fictional", that is so different from our everyday reality, that there is absolutely nothing similar to it?

A narrative work made out of words is unlikely to satisfy your criteria, as every word is so loaded with connections to our world. So, of your "produce/write" request, write is probably ...
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Why is Philosophy not taught in schools or more widely studied?

Philosophy Majors Make More Money Than Majors in any other Humanities Field (links to article in online philosophy magazine Daily Nous). An interesting thing to note is the impact of being involved in ...
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Is there some sort of disconnect between the math we use and our "observed phenomena" in reality?

You have a strong intuition that reality is continuous because it is continuous at a scale that is relevant to your powers of perception, and your mind has evolved to make sense of your surroundings ...
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Is the notion of a fuzzy reality coherent?

But without these interpretations, to take position as an example, a particle does not have a definite position in space at any time before this measurement. Without these "interpretations",...
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Is probability physical or idealistic? Is probability an inherent part of nature/reality?

Probability is epistemic, not physical (with a caveat). It is a description of how much an agent doesn't know about an event, or how much an agent would know about the event if they fully correlated ...
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Is probability physical or idealistic? Is probability an inherent part of nature/reality?

Probability is an epistemic description of ontic uncertainty. Probability is what is known about an uncertain outcome of which complete knowledge is not available or does not yet exist.
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Do objects exist as the way we think they do even when nobody sees them

As an ex-physicist, I am firmly of the view that everyday objects exist, but as you point out, some of the qualities we attribute to them, such as colour and scent, are invented by the mind, while ...
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How is Truth Different From Reality?

Truth is a property of statements. Reality is not true, rather it is real. Only symbolic language can be true, when the meaning of those symbols is close enough to reality, ie when they don't ...
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What is the definition of real?

"Cogito, ergo sum." I think, therefore I am. The only thing we can readily depend upon being real is ourselves. Of course, this is tremendously unlikely and raises a whole host of other ...
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Metaphysical theories for why physics has the structure it has

Yes. There are theories that are metaphysical that explain the structure of the universe. One famous philosophical theory is the many world interpretation of quantum mechanics. From WP: The many-...
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Is consciousness universal?

Universality of consciousness is a typical position of panpsychism. According to the IEP encyclopedia Panpsychism is the view that all things have a mind or a mind-like quality. Mind as we know it ...
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Is consciousness universal?

This is one proposed answer to the signature conundrum of modern Western philosophy, the "mind/body problem." The mental and the physical appear to be quite different, but they also appear ...
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