Yes Eric, but how do I know that what I see in front of me is "real" and not an illusion? How would I know that you are real and are not just part of a dream? Yes, I see the rose and as far as my senses tell me, you see it also, but I have no way of knowing that what you tell me you see is true or not and I also cannot really know for sure that you are real and sitting there in front of me telling me you see the rose.Erik Zurcher wrote:Suppose we sit opposite each other, between us a rose in vase. We both agree that we observe a rose, because that is the name we gave to it. You see one side, I see the other. We both observe the same rose but only from our own perspective. When the rose is gone, we can still talk about the rose, but now about an abstract rose, the idea of it we both had. Any wiser?
Yes, but fortunately we are not entirely reliant on our senses.Andrew Pohlman wrote:Hey Glassy - sorry for the double post, but I reread the first post and have some more thoughts.
First off, realize that "reality" goes far beyond our ability to sense it.
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