# Topic awaiting preservation: How do you see Reality? (Page 1 of 2)

WebShaman

From: Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted 09-14-2002 08:56

I picture it like this - please be aware that this is an analogy...to help better understand the concepts.

For me, reality appears to be as a great tapestry, but without borders. There is a pattern to the tapestry...and it tends to repeat itself. The threads represent possibilites...and run in all directions. The 'picture' on the tapestry itself is fixed. It represents the truth. Our lives (and all things) tend to follow the threads...and though we are mostly 'fixed' to a thread, that doesn't mean that it cannot change. There is a certain amount of 'flexibility' built in. At 'knots' (where threads intersect each other), one can 'change' direction and color. This means that though the future is pre-determined, it doesn't necessarily mean that a particular future for you is. This allows for free choice. Patterns represent repeating things...

If you had a good enough view, you could 'see' the truth...keep in mind that though the analogy here is flat, it is multi-dimensional. It could be that it is round, running into itself. At this point, I'm not sure.

genis
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Dallas, TX
Insane since: Aug 2002

posted 09-14-2002 13:12

that sounds like an analogy on life.

I'd say reality is a working recursion with no beginning or end to speak of.
It is not a proposition of true or false, but a harmonious mosaic of infinite possibility.

Rameses Niblik the Third

From: From:From:
Insane since: Aug 2001

posted 09-14-2002 13:38

I see reality as being what your mind defines as being real, for anything real to your mind is really real. Is this confusing to you? Don't worry, you'll work it out.

warjournal

From:
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted 09-14-2002 16:51

Reality = Absolute

Dracusis
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Brisbane, Australia
Insane since: Apr 2001

posted 09-14-2002 20:01

Arr... I'll give ya the short version. I typed out the long version of my views on this about 2 years ago in this very forum and well, it was about 1500+ words. Not something I want to do again so, in a nutshell...

Reality is what we collectively believe in.

When these beliefs differ, it becomes religion.

[This message has been edited by Dracusis (edited 09-14-2002).]

JKMabry
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: out of a sleepy funk
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted 09-14-2002 20:50

people are redefining the definition of reality? Reality and truth are not definable by you or I.

1 : the quality or state of being real
2 a (1) : a real event, entity, or state of affairs <his dream became a reality> (2) : the totality of real things and events <trying to escape from reality> b : something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily

I believe Rameses and (possibly) Dracusis are describing an escape from reality, self deception.

I normally don't post in the philosophy section, too much talking, not enough listening, but dag fellas, reality? C'mon. Reality is what's there when you pull your head out.

Jason

InSiDeR
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Oblivion
Insane since: Sep 2001

posted 09-14-2002 22:17

In a Nutshell....

Now there is a good book .

synax
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Cell 666
Insane since: Mar 2002

posted 09-14-2002 22:41

I don't see Reality. Ignorance and apathy.

InSiDeR
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Oblivion
Insane since: Sep 2001

posted 09-16-2002 06:30

Really?

I see ignorance and apathy right here!

Bugimus

From: New California
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted 09-16-2002 07:01
quote:

I think that just might have to go into the FaqWiki. I nearly fell out of my chair it was so well put.

eyezaer

From: the Psychiatric Ward
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted 09-16-2002 07:23

I tryed to bend a spoon the other day... with my mind.

Who's reality are we talking about?

Bugimus

From: New California
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted 09-16-2002 07:34

Did it work, IzzMan?

Suho1004
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted 09-16-2002 09:45

Jason is definitely on to something there. Very eloquently stated.

St. Seneca
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: 3rd shelf, behind the cereal
Insane since: Dec 2000

posted 09-16-2002 16:49

I prefer to see reality through the fog of inebriation.

eyezaer

From: the Psychiatric Ward
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted 09-16-2002 20:09

no... It didnt. I also try to use the force all the time. (a few seconds ago i tryed to levitate my book bag to me) It never works either. Not in this reality. That is why i asked what reality we are talking about.

Lord_Fukutoku
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: West Texas
Insane since: Jul 2002

posted 09-16-2002 21:43

"Reality is what it is, not what you want it to be." -- Frank Zappa

"LIFE: A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay." -- Ambrose Bierce

"Is all we see or seem but a dream within a dream?" -- Edgar Allen Poe

"REALITY: The dream of a mad philosopher. That which would remain in the cupel if one should assay a phantom. The nucleus of a vacuum." -- Ambrose Bierce

Then I figured I had to add this one, even though it's quite off topic:
"A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything" -- Frederick Nietzche

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-- Jack of all trades, master of that which has my attention at
the moment.

Unoriginal Cell 693

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Lord_Fukutoku
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: West Texas
Insane since: Jul 2002

posted 09-16-2002 21:53

Actually I just re-read the title of this post. WS asks "How do you see reality?" Not what is reality. So, as right as you may be JK, in that we can't redefine "reality" and such, how we look at it can differ.

You don't see reality as it is, but as you are. Who you are and what you think/believe reflects how you see the world/reality. Just look at religion. Most religions describe the world as being just and fair (although not always in this life) because that's how they want to see everything.

The mind is a powerful thing...

________________________________________________________________
-- Jack of all trades, master of that which has my attention at
the moment.

Unoriginal Cell 693

InSiDeR
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Oblivion
Insane since: Sep 2001

posted 09-16-2002 23:00

Izzy I've moved a book before using the force!

Well sorta... See I had just seen Star Wars E2, and I was still going through the "I can move things with my mind," trip/expirience mind you. So in school someone got up to throw something away and her book started to slide off her desk. I just held my hand out without thinking and it just stopped before hitting the floor! At first I didn't even know my hand was out but then I realized what happened and I was like wtf? I kept thinking about that all day, it was more of a reflex now that I think of it. One of those things that just sort of happen.

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genis
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Dallas, TX
Insane since: Aug 2002

posted 09-17-2002 00:20

so it stopped before falling off the desk or it stopped while in midair?
Now stopping something in midair would indeed be a trick.

InSiDeR
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Oblivion
Insane since: Sep 2001

posted 09-17-2002 00:26

It stopped before falling off the desk, but it was about to tumble over so I am convinced that it didn't stop on its own.

Suho1004
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted 09-17-2002 04:38
quote:
Actually I just re-read the title of this post. WS asks "How do you see reality?" Not what is reality. So, as right as you may be JK, in that we can't redefine "reality" and such, how we look at it can differ.

So, in other words, we're not really talking about reality at all. We're talking about perception. Interesting. I still give Jason's definition a 10, though, if anyone's keeping score.

InSiDeR
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Oblivion
Insane since: Sep 2001

posted 09-17-2002 05:21

Yes but Jason, how do we pull out our head?

WebShaman

From: Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted 09-17-2002 06:20

Step 1: Grab ears.

Step 2: Pull Hard (Use the Force, Lube!)

Step 3 : When you hear a loud popping sound, then you know that you've suceeded...(Unless you now have two ears in your hand...and nothing between them). If you don't suceed, then try again...repeat Step 1-3...Unless you have two ears in your hand...and nothing between them. Then you are just **** out of luck!

Get to work!

Suho1004
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted 09-17-2002 16:02

I'm going to assume you're being serious there, iNsIdEr, since you didn't use one of your trademark smirkies.

While I appreciate the humor in WS's reply, I feel obliged to explain Jason's remark. Perhaps it will make more sense like this:

genis
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Dallas, TX
Insane since: Aug 2002

posted 09-17-2002 17:01

ahem... just to clarify... Suho can't help cause he hasn't figured it out yet.

[This message has been edited by genis (edited 09-17-2002).]

InI

From: Somewhere over the rainbow
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted 09-17-2002 17:13

The poster has demanded we remove all his contributions, less he takes legal action.
We have done so.
Now Tyberius Prime expects him to start complaining that we removed his 'free speech' since this message will replace all of his posts, past and future.
Don't follow his example - seek real life help first.

GrythusDraconis
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: The Astral Plane
Insane since: Jul 2002

posted 09-17-2002 18:08

GrythusDraconis
"Be careful not to anger the Great Dragon for you are crunchy and taste good with Ketchup" T-Shirt Somewhere

Suho1004
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted 09-18-2002 03:29

*still wondering where the heck that came from*

InSiDeR
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Oblivion
Insane since: Sep 2001

posted 09-18-2002 06:15

Since when was the " " slimie my trademark? Everyone uses it!

Now if you want trademark we can talk , , , and one that I am recently working on.... The exploading slimie!

It still needs work, like peieces falling to the ground... Explosion affect... Blood and Guts... Regeneration....

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Prying open my third eye.

outcydr
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: out there
Insane since: Oct 2001

posted 09-18-2002 06:17

*slaps everyone here*

*slaps shaman again for good measure*

p.s. reality is a harsh mistress

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Suho1004
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted 09-18-2002 07:00

iNsIdEr: Yes, a lot of people may use the slimie, but you seem to use it a lot. I could probably count the number of times I've used it on one hand, though. I guess I just don't roll my eyes as often as I used to.

And yes, the exploding slimie does need a bit of work yet. It doesn't actually look like it's exploding, to be honest with you. Maybe a more cartoonish effect would work better.

*slaps outcydr*

Back at ya, bro.

And reality may be a harsh mistress, but you gotta love it when she brings out the whips and chains. Or maybe that's just me.

WebShaman

From: Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted 09-18-2002 07:35

*Bitchslaps outcydr*

Hehe...that's fun...

*Does it again*

How's that for a double-dose of reality? Had enough?

*Takes toke off of peacepipe...puff, puff* Ahhh, nothing like escaping from reality...anybody else?

Suho1004
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

posted 09-18-2002 09:17

You want reality? You want reality? You can't handle reality!

No, wait. That was me who can't handle reality. My bad.

Whoa, must be that second-hand peace pipe smoke...

Gilbert Nolander
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Washington DC
Insane since: May 2002

posted 09-18-2002 17:54

reality is the belief that everything we see is everything that exists, when in reality...Our eyes can only percieve about 10% of the energy waves that are constantly floating around us, and if we had high tech enough sensors (eyes) we would all be crazy because then we would see what reality really is: which is something I am not sure of.

http://www.keelynet.com/biology/reality.htm

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eyezaer

From: the Psychiatric Ward
Insane since: Sep 2000

posted 09-18-2002 18:51

Now to back up the second law of thermodynamics i will present this thread.... order to chaos.

Bugimus

From: New California
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted 09-18-2002 19:14

Reality is what we can see and touch. But it is also what we can measure with devices we've made and that addresses all the stuff that is "unseen". That is why I believe there is plenty of room for supernatural because even though it's unseen the effects are noticeable.

But I still have to keep going back to Jason's utterance on this... classic!

Rameses Niblik the Third

From: From:From:
Insane since: Aug 2001

posted 09-20-2002 15:24

How can we define what is real if we cannot define what is not real? Reality is everything and nothing, your mind tries to define reality and balance for itself, but how do you know that what you believe is reality is in fact, reality.

Deep.

In the end, you have to accept that there is no fixed reality for anything. Something we may accept as reality may turn out to be not reality after all, instead being something merely to confuse the mind and confound your senses. A fish lives in the ocean. For it, the ocean is the entire universe. All of reality is contained within that ocean. If that fish were caught, and dropped in the desert, would the fish be able to say that it's ordeal in the desert was not real because it's reality was confined to the water? No, because for some different thing, such as a snake, would consider the desert to be its reality, because that is what the universe is to it. Likewise, how can we define what is real and what is not, before fully understanding the universe and venturing into the vast deserts of unexplored realities too complex for the human mind...?

S^abaal ud T'a johtizuc^ ult'a Fedaro.

Bugimus

From: New California
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted 09-20-2002 16:34

But if I were to cut you, would you not bleed? Aren't there things that force themselves upon your perceptions?

Grin_Reefer
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From: United Kingdom
Insane since: Sep 2002

posted 09-20-2002 17:18

Cherokee Prayer Blessing

May the Warm Winds of Heaven
May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there.
Make happy tracks
in many snows,
and may the Rainbow

Gilbert Nolander
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Washington DC
Insane since: May 2002

posted 09-20-2002 17:20

We can define reality as being a differently percieved construct of thoughts based on individual experience and knowledge.

So, there is no one true realist perception, it is different for everyone.

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