So, what IS reality?


Where do the arrows point?

What does the glass have to do with it?

What does the water in the glass have to do with it?

And why did I see it in a Facebook post titled “On Propaganda, Media, Illusions, and Objective State of Things”?

And how is this related to philosophy, religion, and beliefs?

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7 thoughts on “So, what IS reality?

  1. I assume these questions are all rhetorical, intended to start a discussion, since the answers are blindingly obvious to anyone who knows to move the glass, or pull back the curtain and see the Great Oz. šŸ˜•

    • “Blindingly obvious” is a good phrase.
      So, we see where the arrows point.
      Then we see the glass and realize that it distorts our perception.
      But how do we know that our perception of the glass is true and correct? Don’t we see the glass in the same way we see the arrows?

    • Ironically, people often assume that there is something distorting their perception and don’t believe what they see or hear.

      E.g. in Ukraine people don’t believe a word from Russian media because they believe that Russian media is biased against Ukraine. In Russia, people don’t believe a word from Ukrainian media because they believe that Ukrainian media is biased against Russia. Although, both sides describe the same events, the perception of these events is completely opposite in the two countries. Russia presents the new Ukrainian government as neo-Nazi because it was inspired by Ukrainian nationalists who fought Soviet occupation in 1940-s, even on the side of Nazi Germany. Ukrainians and the West often compare Putin who uses the pretext of “protecting Russians” from imaginary threats to invade Ukraine to Hitler who used the pretext of protecting Germans in Czechoslovakia to invade that country.

      Same events – two opposite perceptions.

  2. They point where they point?
    The glass is part of the explanation for where they point?
    The water is part of the explanation for where they point?
    People often take advantage of the nature of truth to make broad, theoretical claims which serve the claimants narrow interests (see the two sentences immediately above)?
    Simon Blackburn’s right?

  3. Stuff like this has everything to do with religion, philosophy, and beliefs – because it’s a basic challenge to strict empiricism. Once we realize that we can’t simply trust what we see in any solid way, we have to craft more complicated epistemologies to deal with what our senses tell us.

    And that can have major implications for what we think and believe!

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