This will get highly metaphysical and philosophical...but let's get started...
* Let's assume another intelligence, here on Earth or maybe on another planet.
As we can speculate, this intelligence/species might have totally different senses than we have.
As for us, WE have eyes, we have sensory perception, last but not least we have a brain to process all that what is coming in through our senses.
We "look" up into the sky and we see stars, planets etc.
Now do a little game in your mind, and "imagine" how the universe looks, how a planetary system looks, how a planet is orbiting a star etc..etc...
And you will realize that what we say "is our reality" is in big parts "what we see"....as for my part, eg. doing this little "mind exercise" i "see"
planets and stars on a dark background, how they move etc...to form what we think "the universe is".
Now back to those other beings:
Can we assume that some species might not have eyes. They might live on a planet without a lot of light and never developed eyes, but instead
developed other, far more "out there" senses. Or maybe only very primitive senses like tasting, smelling etc.
If those intelligent beings cannot "see"...the first question is whether such a civilization would EVER be aware that there are stars above their
heads in the sky? Let alone form a mental image about "how the universe is like" when they dont even know the concept of seeing which would mean:
* such beings don't have a concept of a shape, color, maybe not even a concept of "distance".
Let's assume an intelligent species lives on a planet which can only taste/feel what is close to them in their vicinity....and as a further "mind
exercise" try to imagine "the world" BUT WITH NO concept of "shape".
How does a round planet look like if i dont know what "round" is?
What is the difference between a "far" planet and a "close" planet if i don't have a concept about "distance", maybe only because all what my senses
allow is "tasting and feeling"...let alone that such an intelligence would have a hell of a time to "envision", say, a planet system or similar..how
should they do that if they can only experience their world, say, by feeling eg. with extremities, maybe tentacles or similar.
The PHILOSOPHICAL questions comes in now because it would be absurd to say that another intelligence because their senses might be different,"can not
realize the true shape of the universe/reality"...and OURS is the right one....does this make sense?
For example, i can make a statement that "the universe" is like this or that and describe eg. a planetary system...but ONLY in a context as our senses
allow to PERCEIVE something...it simply cannot be the end of it all simply because "we see it like that".
The other philosophical question is...what if Earth/the universe had never brought about humans and our minds? Let's (hypothetically) go back to the
big bang....everything happens again..but by come coincidence this time man will never exist.
What do animals know about the universe, what do my cats know about the universe? What do they think if they look up at night and they see
If there is no mind to "discover"...does the universe vanish? If we don't know, does something then also not exist? If we humans would never ever be
able to see stars, would we know they are there? If we couldn't see or have any means/instruments to see stars etc...how would we know about "the
reality" of the universe...and then of course, how can we conclude this IS the reality just because this is how we see it?
Like: A planet can be a round sphere/ball, it could be reddish/blue whatever..... what if "round" is something i cannot work with in my mind..what if
i don't know what a "ball" is (since i don't know the concept of shapes) and what if colors don't exists for my mind?
Is the universe "absolute" in its shape...is a planet then still a roundish ball-like sphere which might be red or blue...or something totally
different? What is the "truth"..so to speak?
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