Imagine yourself as a 3 year old child. You are about to learn some basic things that every person learns in his childhood. Consider that you are building with coloured blocks, and you mother is helping you out. (Example taken from inphaneron.wordpress)
Now, let, your mother decides that the blocks on the lower side of the building are going to be the red ones. Imagine it looks like this:
For all you know, she could really see this:
But how would you know?
She told you that this is “red” and this is a “cube”. You believed what your eyes saw. Never asking her what is “reality”.
But what is Reality!?
If you ask her, “What is this? Define it”. She might say, “It has 6 faces, 8 edges, blah blah and so on…”.
But what “6” is according to her, might not be same according to what your senses perceive. What is a “face”, might also be different, and similarly “8”, and “edges”. Well, you might also look at “these words” differently, than I do, but eh! doesn’t matter till we can express and communicate about the same thing.
But there’s gotta be a TRUE FORM of everything, right?
What you see, what I see, what you smell, what I do, might be different. But there should be a true form, of which these all are perceptions.
The idea of Solipsism is that, there isn’t. There isn’t any reality that we know of. We just made everything up and agreed red to be red.
The belief that everything you see, everything you eat, drink, look at, drive, are just figments of your brain, and not the reality is called Solipsism.
There is no way, to convince a Solipsist, that the outside world they see, is real. And there is no way to convince someone that our world wasn’t created 3 seconds ago with all our memories.
Then what do we live in, if it’s not the #Reality.
Charles Sanders Peirce drew a line between what is Reality and what our senses perceive.
The world where we live in, which is not reality in actual, which is filtered through our senses, is called PHANERON.
You’ll be surprised to know that this logic is actually accepted, though insanity is the basis they give, but why not!
THE MATRIX DEFENCE
In 2002, Tonda Lynn Ansley was convicted of shooting her landlady and thus killing her. She argued that she believed, she was in a matrix, that her crimes, WEREN’T REAL.
By using the Matrix Defence, she was found NOT guilty, by reason of insanity, because the opposite view is just way more easy, it is called REALISM.
Realism is the belief that the outside world exists independently of your own phaneron. Everything around you will continue to exist, even if you are not around to experience them.
Martin Gardener, the author of Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, wrote:
If you ask me to tell you the nature of what lies beyond the phaneron, my answer is how should I know? I am not dismayed by ultimate mysteries, I can no more grasp what is behind such questions as my cat can understand what is behind the clatter I make while I type this paragraph.
So, is this the real life, or is this just fantasy?
What do you think?