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Harald Jezek

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What is reality ?

Did you ever think about what it is that makes reality real ?
How is our reality created ? Isn't it the perceptions our brain creates based on our sensory inputs ?
But what if we lack a sense ? How does reality change for somebody who cannot hear or see ?
Or take it even a step further, assume you are deprived of all your senses, What would reality mean in such a case ?
And last but not least, let's assume you are born without any senses. What would that mean to your reality ?
So what is reality and what are we as part of this reality ?

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Closing Statement from Harald Jezek

Thanks everybody for participating in this conversation.
After 900+ comments did we solve the question of what reality actually is ? Probably not, however it was a good exercise in contemplating what it actually means when we say this or this is "real".
What most of us agreed upon is that there are different aspects to reality.

One is the reality we deal with on a daily basis and which we share to a large degree. For example we agree upon common things, such as when we see a car we all agree it's a car, a tree is a tree and a house if a house.
Although we know that this reality is created by our mind based on sensory inputs which is not only incomplete but often also faulty, it still is "real" because we share the same benchmarking (same sensory inputs, generally same mechanism how our brain interprets those sensory inputs.

Beside this shared reality we all have our own reality. This can be something simple like the perception of a taste, odor or a color.
Although we might agree that a given color is read or an odor is that of a pine, we never can know how another person actually perceives this sensory input.
Individual reality also becomes visible in our beliefs. For a religious person the existence of a God is a fact and hence part of reality while for an atheist reality is free of such a God.
Differences in this aspect of reality can also be observed in how different people get different perceptions of the same situation.

Last but not least there must be an underlying objective reality which includes the laws of nature (whether those are the ones we believe are valid today or perhaps something even deeper which we don't have discovered yet) and which exists regardless of us being here to contemplate it and regardless of our beliefs.

Next time we insist something is real, let's think whether it's real for me, for all(most) of us or real in an absolute sense.

To finish with Albert Einstein:
"“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

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    Nov 19 2013: From LARRY, "Einstien said a soul without a body is void of meaning." If you mean Einstein please correct your spelling.
    If he really has said it - what a terrible conclusion for a genius. NO BODY CAN EXIST WITHOUT ITS MASTER-MIND. When a body is disconnected from its mind it begins to fall apart instantly. A body does not feel a thing on its own.

    ONE'S MIND IS THE CREATOR OF ITS ENVIRONMENT AND ITS THEATERS OF EVER-CHANGING REALITIES. It is a Mind that is facing new worlds, in its every instant. Every living mind, in its deep subconsciousness, has the oldest Art, Sound Recording and Animation studios. We have at least TWO sets of PERCEPTIONS, Primary or NON-PHYSICAl , and Secondary Physical sense-perceptions, when we are interacting with what we see as physical bodies, and their environment, however initially THROUGH SUBCONSCIOUS perceptions.

    Our Secondary, or what we understand as bodily sense-perceptions, are the result of an additional "digestive" process turning Primary sensations into what we call physical sensations. The theater of "conscious" reality is amazingly superficial. Physical sensations are not direct reactions on objective to us conditions of the world. That is why our corporeal sight is deceiving.

    The superficial over-processed canvas of physical reality, with all its picturesque appearances is rising from the deep field of Subconsciousness. It takes time and we are always behind the instant changes of the world, when trust "physical". The speed of light is Not the speed-limit for the world.

    Whatever we sense as physical reality through physical bodies with brains, whether creating the universes with stars or seeing genes under microscopes, none of these "things" would be possible at all, without our deeply Subconscious Process of Perceiving. Tangible realities of any sorts cannot exist without our deep subconsciousness and constantly working natural mechanics of Perceptions.
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      Nov 19 2013: Vera, you still didn't explain what you mean with "master mind".
      The mind is not an organ but a product of our brain. as I already mentioned in another post. Are you aware of any mind that exists without a brain/body ?
      You talk about the subconscious, but this is also a product of our brain.
      You are trying to introduce in a new variable "master mind" where non is needed. Most of what you say is correct, because that's what our brain does. It creates a representation of reality that helps us make sense of our surroundings.
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        Nov 20 2013: I just used up 3 little "windows"/post spaces. I hope that you will have some minutes to read them.
        I tried to condense a ton of my thoughts into these "windows" probably it's a mess! All of that is too new to accept without hot arguments. I'm still in a process of putting together my book, but fantastically lucky to be very encouraged by a few highly respected scholars. MANY THANKS for your interest, super treat :)

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