Experience, Perception and the Mind

Experience is the interaction (even if merely observing) of and with reality.   Animals, plants, even rocks experience reality, but for clarity we mean human experience.

We cannot actually know reality and truth, because the instant we sense the Universe, we immediately alter it.  In this way we know the Universe from the inside out.   Our senses are not perfect in perception, and each of us perceives reality differently.  Perception then is our sensory data, one step removed from experience/reality.

Inside out: When we perceive an experience, the mind creates a representation, a perception, an interpretation of that experience.   Adding reasoning and prior perceptions, the mind constructs knowledge, understanding into its view of reality.  The mind creates the Universe.  The mind is the repository of all our thoughts, dreams, experiences, stories, imaginings, perceptions, interpretations, creations.  However, the mind does not exist in some ethereal state, floating around somewhere separate from our bodies.  Mind requires a brain; the brain interacts with experience/reality.  Mind is electro-chemical actions created by the brain.

Thought is a multi-talented individual.  Processing perceptions (interpretation), autonomic thought that keeps our bodies alive, the various processes of memory, even epistemology (thinking about thinking) are all brought about by the electro-chemical action in the brain.   This is thought.

These actions are thought, reasoning, processing information understanding based on prior experiences. Reasoning, inference, understanding translates, combines, adjusts and reinforces knowledge.  New perceptions through reasoning get incorporated into knowledge.  Knowledge is the sum of all our perceptions, not memories necessarily, but the facts.  One might confuse knowledge with truth.  Knowledge implies the experience and perception of reality, awareness.  Truth dictates actuality, reality itself, even if we don’t “know” it.

Reasoning is thinking thoughts about experience, and thoughts about those thoughts, ad infinitum.  Through this reasoning process the mind extrapolates, anticipates, bends, and shapes experience until it is no longer thought about as experience, but something totally new, outside of experience/reality. Once we begin to think beyond actual experience, reasoning gives rise to imagination.  Imagination drives invention, art, fantasy, storytelling, construction, conception. Imagination becomes myth, science, mathematics, physics, hypotheses, theory, view, creation of thought.  It “fills in the blanks” that knowledge and reasoning leave behind.  Imagination creates thought that doesn’t exist in reality and in effect creates something new.

Imagination transcends the electro-chemical.  Separate from perception and interpretation, imagination can change an experience, extrapolate, abstract, or just make things up.  Imagination = creation.  This concept is crucial in the development of my view.

Next: Belief, Faith and God.

 

Truth, Reality and the Universe

Truth describes reality.  Truth answers all the questions.  Truth dictates actuality, reality itself, even if we don’t “know” it.

All truth starts with reality.  Reality is the raw, in your face, unadulterated existence of the Universe and the experiences in it.  The real deal, ultimate infinity.  Actually, reality is that quality that makes the Universe known to us.  Reality and the Universe are not synonymous, but they share a bond.  The one can’t exist without the other.

The Universe is the substance; infinite space and matter.  Reality is the existence of the Universe, substance in motion, space time – chemistry, physics, mathematics all that scientific stuff that we experience.

A lot of people say “in the Universe” like it’s some sort of container with sides that hold everything in.  I suppose if you believe there are multiverses, this could be true.  But in my Universe, matter and space are infinite.  [Dark matter and dark energy probably need to be considered here, but they are out of the realm of my thought on Universe.]  Reality is the experience of, in, about the Universe.

I finally honed in on what reality is: the experience of Universe.  Reality must be unique then in space time.  [Time is an ubiquitous concept for me]  Each particle of matter must be unique, taking up one single space.  Two particles can’t exist in the same space.  For that matter (pun intended), each specific location in the space of Universe is also unique.  When I say location, I don’t mean like an address: 8635 Timbercraft Houston, Texas, USA, Earth, Sol (our solar system)Milky Way Galaxy, quadrant 12.375, Sector 111036.42, etc.  This kind of location requires a frame of reference, and because the Universe is infinite there is no center, no frame of reference.  “Specific location in space” means an area, point, whatever geometric term you want to use, that is no other point.   In fact space doesn’t really exist the way matter exists.  Space is nothingness. [This brings up dark matter again, space being dark matter, but that is another discussion.]  Space cannot “be” somewhere, so by definition does not exist.

If there’s a particle somewhere, it can’t be space, or another particle.  And that particle can’t be elsewhere; it can only be in one place.  One and only one at a time please.  “At a time.”  If the point is at another time, all bets are off.  Time (existentially speaking not Einstein’s space-time) gives reality experience.  One place, one time, one particle or space, one experience: unique.  Experience makes reality unique.  One reality, one universe.  No more, no less.  Actually no lots of things: no negative, parallel or extra dimensions, no alternate realities, no paranormal or supernatural.  “Uni-“ means “one.” Unique universe.

So one reality, one universe.  Big deal, huh?  Well, very big deal.  Because now we can say Universe is all, and that’s all there is.  One level of existence, nothing supernatural.  We can’t have more than one nature, or one that exists on some different level.  So: no God.  (more on God in another post.)

Some may think my reasoning backwards.  One would say Universe has one reality, which is true.  But it all starts with reality – the given experience.  We simply could have defined Universe as unique, but that would be arbitrary.  By proving one reality, we can conclude that there can only be one Universe for that experience.

I wrote before that Universe is everything and space, space being the distance between particles.  So there’s particle-space-particle-space, ad infinitum.  Ultimate infinity.  No beginning, no end and lots of stuff in the middle.  Similarly, time is infinite.  There’s one experience per place/per time.  Universe is infinite places, reality is infinite experiences, time is infinite moments.  Again, ultimate infinity, that’s so cool.  (Yes there is the big bang, but what came before the big bang?)

Next: Experience and perception

The Rambler Starts a Blog

I’ve been thinking.   Thinking about life, truth, all that heady stuff.   And I wanted a place to publish my thoughts, so I am starting a blog called The Rambler.  I hope what I write is clear, but l will probably ramble (thus the name).  Leave me comments if you want further discussion.