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Post by Glimmer on Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:30 pm



"Stripping away the inessential"

Interesting talk by J.K. Rowling
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Post by Evie on Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:42 am



Accept what is; give the world and everybody in it the ultimate freedom - the freedom to be as they already are

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I love how positive this is, and how they seem to accredit their good health to being happy and optimistic Smile

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Post by Evie on Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:49 pm



So, what do you guys see - young woman, old woman, both, or neither? Wink

(Seriously - everyone should watch it; these ideas have been around for a while, but the guy gives a pithy summary)

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Post by Night Eyes on Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:07 am

Excellent video Evie,

'We're afraid of what we think' I really think that just sums everything up in a nutshell doesn't it!

I saw the young woman btw
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Post by Evie on Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:09 am

I see the young woman first, then the old woman shortly after, then both. Smile And yes, it's a pretty striking message: "Thought creates our world, and then says 'I didn't do it'." We think we are perceiving reality, when in fact, we are perceiving our perception of reality. It's like in that famous experiment where there was a man in a gorilla suit running across a court during a basketball match; most people totally missed the gorilla, because they were so focused on the match. We think our perceptions are accurate, when in fact we are simply caught in a world of thoughts. Then you can go further with this discussion, into things like colour - we see the flower on the left, bees see the flower on the right...


According to John Locke and Descartes, colours don't exist in the physical world - they are purely subjective qualities in the mind of the observer.

At the end of the day, it's always chastening to remember that everything we have ever experienced has been through our consciousness (whatever, exactly, that is) --- that just about everything we've ever known has been in the world of thought, and constructed from thought.

All this is emphatically Kantian:

"It is easy to believe that reality as we see it is a reflection of reality as it actually is. In other words we tend to assume that the perceptual function that the mind plays is passive, like a mirror, and doesn’t alter the image of reality that it reflects to us. Not so, said Kant. Our perception of reality might start with sensations of something outside of ourselves, but by the time we perceive it our mind has organized, categorized and arranged those raw sensations into reality as it appears to us.

We can’t know reality directly. We don’t perceive of things in themselves. What we perceive as reality is in part created by our minds. And this creation of reality isn’t only the unconscious work of the mind as a machine, as some before Kant had believed, the creative process that constructs reality as we see it is also influenced by us. Of all of the infinite sensations, physical, emotional and conceptual that we experience at any given time we are only aware of a small percentage. The rest we ignore, but those that we attend to are compiled into reality as we see it."

(from https://philosophyisnotaluxury.com/2009/11/01/kant-and-the-creation-of-reality/ )

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