When I first heard the phrase "Perception Equals Reality", said to me by my father, I was first confused.
I don't remember the age I first heard the phrase, but now I've used this phrase to manage the stresses of
life and to provide my side of this debate, lol. Here is what I found on perception:
- The process, act, or faculty of perceiving.
- The effect or product of perceiving.
(Why do the define crap this way?) Here are some better definitions:
- Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory.
- The neurological processes by which such recognition and interpretation are effected.
- Insight, intuition, or knowledge gained by perceiving.
- The capacity for such insight.
Perceive is defined as follows; which gives a better, clearer understanding of perception.
perceive tr. v.
- To become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing.
- To achieve understanding of; apprehend.
Thank you www.dictionary.com
We as human being perceive we exist through experience of life and the teachings of society. When you
cut your finger and see the blood, you see life come forth. So we are taught, experience, perceive. Once
again, neurons from the brain are processing information. As for the matter of proof that we exist,
science has proven we are alive, for a time anyhow. We all know the difference between being alive and not
being alive. Through our measurements of time we can see that we only exist for a brief time, compared to
other things, like stars. In our lifetime, I doubt we will know the boundaries of the universe and we will
question our existence as either the only life in the universe, a simple alien ant farm sitting in a
classroom of aliens, or any other variation out there.
We have come to understand that life is short. We live, breathe, breed, eat, shit, and have many other
different experiences. We experience our loved ones die and say, "They moved on, passed on, kicked the
bucket," etc. but to where?
Scientificly we have proven that we are built from simple building blocks, all they way down to DNA,
even to the proton, neuron, and the electron. These come together to form life, existence as we know it,
so far... We yet to know how these building blocks are formed. They are just "there". It is simply beyond
our understanding right now, but when we die, we know that these building blocks start to fall apart. The
energy that has held us together has ceast. Whether that energy has seeped into the air or absorbed by
other living things is unknown.
We perceive that we exist through our experiences, science, and our intelligence. That perception has
created our reality. The majority of us has left it at that, but some still question whether what we know
is truth. I believe that we will question whether or not we exist until somehow we prove that we don't.
I've seen enough proof to see that we do, I want to hear about the side that says we don't.