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Originally posted by Bastet
Up until now, the theory of our universe that perturbed me most, went something like this - it is known that we humans are each of us hosts to microscopic creatures that "graze" on our skin cells. And the hypothesis was that we in turn are infinitisemally microscopic creatures grazing on a "giant's" skin, which we believe to be both our universe & our deity.
Originally posted by para
I have wondered this myself, and it has always made me question whether or not our deity is not just some microscopic creature grazing on the skin of a larger incomprehensible whole. And do we play God to the host of creatures that live off us? How far does the chain go?
Most importantly, why do you find this disturbing?
The idea disturbs me because the acceptance of it must surely negate most of what I have been taught regarding science, evolution & a vast amount of similar information.This would probably be no different to how people felt when they learned [or were allowed to learn] that the sun did not revolve around the earth, & that the earth was not in fact flat.
I know this might not really may be relivant with this thread, but I once saw something that said that instead of reality being what we are told its meant to be, each person creates a different vision of reality for themselves, thus meaning what a person looks like to me, might look different to someone else. I guess thats where the saying beauty is in the eye of the beholder could come from. I guess its just another take on reality thats all.
Originally posted by Bastet
Ah WestPoint23, don't you remember having your brain bent by that concept when you were in hogh school? Like in geometry, when we learned that parallel lines were lines within the same plane that met in infinity.I couldn't grasp the idea then, & I'm no wiser now with it.
How on earth anyone thought up the idea of infinity is a mystery to me.But it evidently exists. And I doubt a science guru could explain this.
Solipsism is the metaphysical belief that only oneself exists, and that "existence" just means being a part of one's own mental states - all objects, people, etc, that one experiences, are merely parts of one's own mind. One is like a God, creating the reality in which one exists. Solipsism is logically coherent, but not falsifiable, so it cannot be established (or disproved) by current modes of the scientific method.
A thought-experiment related to solipsism, although in principle distinct, is the Brain in a Vat, i.e. the view that "I" may be trapped within some utterly unknowable reality, so that everything I think I know is illusion.
Threads of thought similar to solipsism pervade much of eastern philosophy. Taoism and several interpretations of Buddhism, especially Zen, teach that drawing a distinction between self and universe is nonsensical and arbitrary, and merely an artifact of language rather than an inherent reality.