"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." -Socrates

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Nothing is What it Seems

In reading the title of this post, you may think I'm saying that what things appear as are truly something else. But when saying nothing is what it seems, I mean that what appears as reality is actually nothing.

What is matter? One may say that matter is something you can hold in your hand, view with a microscope, or throw around on a field. But the only reason we believe this is through our five senses, for without these we could not experience, and without experience, matter could not exist.

If someone is born deaf, sound is not a reality, but more of a belief based on trusting others who claim they can hear. Does sound exist? Yes, but only because we have ears and neurons which transmit the information to our brain. Looking at just sound, can anyone hear the same thing? While we may actually hear an identical sound, what is heard by you is no longer interpreted identically to what is heard by me. There are too many medians (ear drums, neurons, brain receptors), but there is also another variable. Based on (most likely) a combination of our genes and life experiences, what may sound pleasing to you may not sound pleasing to me.

So does anything truly exist? Does matter exist? Do our senses exist? These questions technically cannot be answered, because without our consciousness and the consciousness we know as matter, human beings and anything else could not experience. But what we do know is that we all experience.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. -Albert Einstein

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