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originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
a reply to: SystemResistor
Here's a more useful diagram:
It relies on the fallacious notion that we are little observers in the head of a human body, indirectly observing reality through some medium or filter or other, something like a screen, a "projection", a "perception", a "GUI", a "representation", or insert term here. Of course on simple inspection these terms reference nothing in reality.
Yes we see things as they really are. We see how things really are, but at the same time we see how these things really interact with our bodies. What we don't see are anything that remotely resembles GUIs and icons.
There is no light or colour as a fact in external nature. There is merely motion of the material. Then your nerves are affected and your brain is affected, and again this is merely motion of the material... The mind, in apprehending, experiences sensations which, properly speaking, are qualities of the mind alone. These sensations are projected by the mind so as to clothe appropriate bodies in external nature. Thus the bodies are peceived as with qualities which in reality do not belong to them, qualities which in fact are purely the offspring of the mind. Thse natrue gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent; the nightingale for his song; and the sun for his radiance. The poets are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves. Source
I worry that people will use theories like this to justify all kinds of weird, self-satisfied, negligent beliefs and behavior.
Interesting post by the way