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What if I told you, that nothing is real? posted 15 November 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat if I told you, that nothing is real? by Trinket, Candidate

Hey all, havent been on these forums for a very long time, but I've had a philisophical sort of idea lately.


What if I told you, that right now, everything around you might very well not exist?

What do I mean by that? Well, look at it this way. Everything around you, you percieve with your senses. And your senses are then interpreted by your brain. Now, if human perception is all we have to go on, then we have a very narrow veiw of reality. In fact, everything we see, hear, touch, feel, and taste exists to us, but in reality only exists in our minds. This is a step that our brains skip when they process the information about "Reality", but if you slow doen and think about it, theres a good chance that everything that exists, has existed, and will exist in future had many different perceptions, of which we only have one, that of Human. That covers the physical aspects, but what about the mental?

Which brings me to my next point. This is easier to see around us, and I'm sure many people have thought about this before. It involves mental, or abstract perception. Such things as: Good, Evil, Love, Hate, Courage, Trust, Rightousness, Power, and even reality itself, in essence are all abstract concepts. There is no concrete form of any of these things (Some might argue that reality has a concrete form, but if you refer to the first point, even that is kind of questionable).

So, every abstract concept mentioned above, every idea, has it's base not in reality, but in our minds. It could be said that, if you choose not to perceive any of the above mentioned, then for you, they cease to exist. *

Just something to think about. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

* I could apply the same concept to Religion (which I do, I'm an atheist) but that's not what this topic is about. view post


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