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CHARACTERS ☆ A Beginner's Guide to Reality Exploring Our Everyday Adventures in Wonderland Ð ➶ [Read] ➲ A Beginner's Guide to Reality Exploring Our Everyday Adventures in Wonderland By Jim Baggott ➾ – Have you ever wondered if the world is really E philosophers of ancient Greece to modern scientists and social theorists Jim Baggott is the author of The Meaning of uantum Physics and Beyond Measure Modern Physics Philosophy and uantum Theory both published by Oxford University Press He lives in England. I made a mistake with this one and listened to the audio book There was just way too much information to take in while attempting to commute to and from work Read the bookThe book is basically an attempt to take a look at what we perceive our reality to be The Matrix is actually referenced uite a bit The first section Money really focuses on the reality that society has set up and the reality that everyone buys in to That rectangle with Andrew Jackson on it that you exchange for goods That only means 20 because society has deemed it as such ergo that is our reality This was an interesting section mainly because we really do take a lot for granted because we just accept that this reality and the social norms are what we must acceptColours is the next section and it's about what we perceive with our senses Does color exist in the dark The we get into Light and some physics that I will admit lost me for a while Here is where an actual book would have made a lot of differenceWhile Baggott does reference the Matrix this book uses the movie as a jumping off point The philosophy and physics discussed could lead to some very interesting thoughts and conversations Again the audio book was well narrated but not how I should have read this book

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E in search of something we can point to Beginner's Guide to Reality Exploring PDF or hang our hats on and say this is real On the way Jim Baggott examines some of the things that have been said about reality by a few of the world's greatest thinkers from th. Somewhat charming if smugly so and trite overview of the philosophical history of the concept of reality Baggot relies on too many references to The Matrix and pop culture while never really establishing his own stance It didn't uite do it for me


A Beginner's Guide to Reality Exploring Our Everyday Adventures in WonderlandHave you ever wondered if the world is Guide to PDF #10003 really there when you're not looking A Beginner's ePUB #199 We tend to take the reality of our world very much for granted This book Beginner's Guide to PDFEPUB #190 will lead you down the rabbit hol. Does colour exist in the darkA couple of weeks ago I started discussion with Greg about our perception of reality At the end of the discussion I had the distinct impression that I wasn't putting my point across effectively due to I don't know let's say pure ignorance on the subject whereas Greg effectively used a number of arguments to show that my view of the intrinsic nature of colour is problematic Hmmm after reading this book I still disagree Below I have made up a jumbled up summary of why'There is simply nothing we can point to hang our hats on and say this is real 'In the Republic what Plato is saying is that we can never hope to truly understand the nature of reality because we are locked in the prison of our mortal senses We are prisoners in the cave Without your mind or conciousness what do you have Photons of different energies and wavelengths chemicals containing distinctive groups of atoms physical objects with certain surface properties and compressions and rarefactions in the air In none of this physics and chemistry can we find colour taste scent softness or melody They are all ualities produced in our minds all producing different patterns of electrical stimulation in the brainThis does not mean that our perception is the only form of representations of reality We have to accept that other realities exist which are as legetimate as our perception of the representation of reality What becomes obvious is that our entire world is based on perception  It is our perceptions that is the reality It is impossible for us to ever have knowledge of a reality that we can't perceive and so it is therefore seems meaningless to speculate about the existence of such an independent reality   If we were to believe in a reality independent of perception then We can only hold on to the idea of an independently existing primary material substance but at the cost of having to accept that we can ascribe no independently real properties to it and can never hope to explain how this substance might give rise to the perceptions we have of it The argument that Berkeley makes is that the primary ualities of a material object cannot exist without it's secondary ualities of shapecolour etc We cannot conceive of objects possessing shape but not colour for example 'Perception is reality'  So we can have no knowledge of what objects are 'really like' NEITHER can we have knowledge of the connections between them cause and effect exists only in our mind and so does time for that matter Kant's view   Now that sums up where philosophers stand at the moment from Plato to Aristotle to Descartes to Berkerly to Kant to Hume and on and onIs there a defense against Descartes' demon or Kant's intuitionWhat do the Physicists think surely they will give some credence to the reality which they deal with everyday in measurements and calculations Just a few uestions should clear this up we don't need the answer to 'life the universe and everything' Just what is matter Copenhagen Interpretation categorically denies that there is anything to be gained from thinking that we can ever discover the true nature of physical objects 'as they really are' It insists that properties of fundemental objects like photons or electrons do not exist until they are exposed to something with which they can interact such as a measuring deviceThe first area of conflict is uickly summarized If uantum states are not determined until the uantum objects have undergone some kind of interaction such as a measurement then how is the uantum state of the universe determined uantum theory demands something 'outside' with which it can interact but if everything there is is in the universe then there is nothing outside the universe with which it can interact There is nothing outside the universe to collapse the wave function Unless we want to get theological there is no 'observer' outside the universe to make it real Is there  Fuck fuck fuck fuckBlindsight You're blind he said without turning Did you know thatI didn'tYou Me Everyone He interlocked his fingers and clenched as if in prayer hard enough to whiten the knuckles Only then did I notice no cigaretteVision's mostly a lie anyway he continued We don't really see anything except a few hi res degrees where the eye focuses Everything else is just peripheral blur just— light and motion Motion draws the focus And your eyes jiggle all the time did you know that Keeton Saccades they're called Blurs the image the movement's way too fast for the brain to integrate so your eye just—shuts down between pauses It only grabs these isolated freeze frames but your brain edits out the blanks and stitches an — an illusion of continuity into your headHe turned to face me And you know what's really amazing If something only moves during the gaps your brain just—ignores it It's invisibleBrains are survival engines not truth detectors If self deception promotes fitness the brain lies Stops noticing— irrelevant things Truth never matters Only fitness By now you don't experience the world as it exists at all You experience a simulation built from assumptions Shortcuts Lies Whole species is agnosiac by defaultPerhaps we are really living in Descartes' dream world