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At The Cost Of Having To Accept That We Can the cost of having to accept that we can no independently real properties to it and can never hope to explain how this substance might give rise to the perceptions we have of it The argument that Berkeley makes is that the primary ualities of a material object cannot exist without it s secondary ualities of shapecolour etc We cannot conceive of objects possessing shape but not colour for example Perception is reality So we can have no knowledge of what objects are really like NEITHER can we have knowledge of the connections between them cause and effect exists only in our mind and so does time for that matter Kant s view Now that sums up where philosophers stand at the moment from Plato to Aristotle to Descartes to Berkerly to Kant to Hume and on and onIs there a defense against Descartes demon or Kant s intuitionWhat do the Physicists think surely they will give some credence to the reality which they deal with everyday in measurements and calculations Just a few uestions should clear this up we don t need the answer to life the universe and everything Just what is matter Copenhagen Interpretation categorically denies that there is anything to be gained from thinking that we can ever discover the true nature of physical objects as they really are It insists that properties of fundemental objects like photons or electrons do not exist until they are exposed to something with which they can interact such as a measuring deviceThe first area of conflict is uickly summarized If uantum states are not determined until the uantum objects have undergone some kind of interaction such as a measurement then how is the uantum state of the universe determined uantum theory demands something outside with which it can interact but if everything there is is in the universe then there is nothing outside the universe with which it can interact There is nothing outside the universe to collapse the wave function Unless we want to get theological there is no observer outside the universe to make it real Is there Fuck fuck fuck fuckBlindsight You re blind he said without turning Did you know thatI didn tYou Me Everyone He interlocked his fingers and clenched as if in prayer hard enough to whiten the knuckles Only then did I notice no CigaretteVision S Mostly A s mostly a anyway he continued We don t really
SEE ANYTHING EXCEPT A FEW HI anything except a few hi degrees where the eye focuses Everything else is ust peripheral blur ust light and motion Motion draws the focus And your eyes iggle all the time did you know that Keeton Saccades they re called Blurs the image the movement s way too fast for the brain to integrate so your eye Neimhaim (Neimhaim, just shuts down between pauses It only grabs these isolated freeze frames but your brain edits out the blanks and stitches an an illusion of continuity into your headHe turned to face me And you know what s really amazing If something only moves during the gaps your brainust ignores it It s invisibleBrains are survival engines not truth detectors If self deception promotes fitness the brain lies Stops noticing irrelevant things Truth never matters Only fitness By now you don t experience the world as it exists at all You experience a simulation built from assumptions Shortcuts Lies Whole species is agnosiac by defaultPerhaps we are really living in Descartes dream worl. Ern scientists and social theorists Jim Baggott is the author of The Meaning of uantum Physics and Beyond Measure Modern Physics Philosophy and uantum Theory both published by Oxford University Press He lives in Engla.
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browsed the under stocked philosophy section and I found Jim Baggott s book titled A Beginnerthe under stocked philosophy section and I found Jim Baggott s book titled A Beginner Guide to Reality I read the first chapter in the store it seemed to be a very promising read The first eight chapters of the book are interesting and it really demonstrates a lot about our perception of reality Starting with chapter 9 until the end of the book is like reading a totally different book compared with the first eight chapters The last four chapters of this book deal mostly with explanations about physics and uantum mechanics The author very vaguely ties these concepts into the theme of his book reality but does so on very rare and poor occasions Baggott has written about uantum physics before and his writing shows that this is his area of expertise His effort to tie physics into a philosophical understanding fails on every level I could only give this book two starts because even though the first eight chapters are fairly good the resulting four chapters utterly ruin this book Liked the first two sections a lot but couldn t finish it because the third part about uantum physics was too confusing Somewhat charming if smugly so and trite overview of the philosophical history of the concept of reality Baggot relies on too many references to The Matrix and pop culture while never really establishing his own stance It didn t uite do it for me Brilliant intro to what reality actually meansThe book is split into three main chapters discussing Money social reality and the societal systems we have built for ourselves Colours reality as we perceive it via our senses and Light what is actually there in a particle physics sense regardless of what we can perceiveIt is all written simply enough for anyone to understand but not condescendingly I still have trouble with the physics part I have never been a physics buff and find myself reading without paying attention and then two pages in I realise I don t know what I m reading *any It s a difficult chapter for me personally and I m *It s a difficult chapter for me personally and I m it constantly to try to get it and make it stick I honestly believe he explains things well and I m ust not plugged in for that last chapter but I love this book It is also a great I m ust not plugged in for that last chapter but I love this book It is also a great point for lots of different topics which is exactly what it s meant to be an introduction A Beginner s Guide 18 year old me would ve thought this was the best book ever but having been removed from constant challenging philosophical thought for so long I think I ve lost the thrill it used to give me Don t get me wrong I still love philosophy but uestioning the truth of every aspect of reality doesn t really seem productive to me any This book is broken up into 3 parts and the first 2 are excellent I love the ideas that were explored mainly the ones uestioning why and how we perceive things I enjoyed the realization that the information we receive using our senses is in a way false but by the end of the book it feels like Baggott is Carrying the Greeks Heir just trying to stump the reader for the sake of stumping the readerBaggott s writing style is witty and interesting and he s obviously incredibly well read and informed however the third chunk of his guide to reality fails to provoke a logical line of thinking that I really care to follow Good read and I d defi. Have you ever wondered if the world is really there when you're not looking We tend to take the reality of our world very much for granted This book will lead you down the rabbit hole in search of something we can poi. Nitely recommend to philosophy buffs but I got bored towards the conclusion I made a mistake with this one and listened to the audio book There wasust way too much information to take in while attempting to commute to and What started out as an extremely interesting philosophical read with a pop culture twist devolved into a highly repetitive lesson straight out of a textbook Probably should have
Given It 2 Stars But I Did Really Appreciate Theit 2 stars but I did really appreciate the approached An accessible summary of the history of thought on ust what the nature of reality might be It uses every day examples of money marriage to explain socially constructed consensus reality It talks of Plato s cave of shadow perception rather than direct sight as still being relevant today The author uses films such as the matrix and terminator and douglas adams hitchhiker Matrix and Terminator and Douglas Adams Hitchhiker Guide to entertaining effect It s only in the penultimate 2 chapters that it gets a bit science heavy as it moved through uantum theory to string and M theory The writer is a physicist and it s these chapters where that shows and a couple of statistical tables always signals my eyes getting heavy But that aside this is a passable introduction that is it does what it says in the title I didn t have my eyes opened to any new illuminations but I did have the whole subject wrangled into one enclosure for my brain in a very acceptable way loved all 3 parts about society philosophy and especially uantum but conclusion seemed a bit weak anyway good starting book gave me lots of references to continue exploring all the different fields Does colour exist in the darkA couple of weeks ago I started discussion with Greg about our perception of reality At the end of the discussion I had the distinct impression that I wasn t putting my point across effectively due to I don t know let s say pure ignorance on the subject whereas Greg effectively used a number of arguments to show that my view of the intrinsic nature of colour is problematic Hmmm after reading this book I still disagree Below I have made up a umbled up summary of why There is simply nothing we can point to hang our hats on and say this is real In the Republic what Plato is saying is that we can never hope to truly understand the nature of reality because we are locked in the prison of our mortal senses We are prisoners in the cave Without your mind or conciousness what do you have Photons of different energies and wavelengths chemicals containing distinctive groups of atoms physical objects with certain surface properties and compressions and rarefactions in the air In none of this physics and chemistry can we find colour taste scent softness or melody They are all ualities produced in our minds all producing different patterns of electrical stimulation in the brainThis does not mean that our perception is the only form of representations of reality We have to accept that other realities exist WHICH ARE AS LEGETIMATE AS OUR PERCEPTION OF THE are as legetimate as our perception of the of reality What becomes obvious is that our entire world is based on perception It is our perceptions that is the reality It is impossible for us to ever have knowledge of a reality that we can t perceive and so it is therefore seems meaningless to speculate about the existence of such an independent reality If we were to believe in a reality independent of perception then We can only hold on to. Nt to hang our hats on and say this is real On the way Jim Baggott examines some of the things that have been said about reality by a few of the world's greatest thinkers from the philosophers of ancient Greece to mod. ,