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Paul # Posted on December 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

Interesting quote there klo.

I do not entirely agree with him however.

In the ultimate sense it cannot be said that what we perceive to be reality, is reality. Our beliefs are in flux and change. The same cannot be said for reality, to me anything that can change, cannot be real. The changing phenomenon within reality only appears to change, yet in actuality it is an illusion.

I don’t believe in a reality beyond perception, but a line can be drawn between the objects of perception and perception itself. Perception in its most fundamental sense cannot change, but the objects it perceives can and do.

From what i’v studied of philosophies so far, idealism is the closest to the truth. It’s problem is it sees reality as being the product of “an observer” and not the process of observation (or perception) itself. The observer is produced by the process of perception/observation, not the other way around.

The problem with realism and materialism, is they rule perception right out as having no fundamental part in reality.

Idealism sees the reality as the outcome of the observer, and materialism sees the observer as the outcome of reality. The truth is in the middle.

I’m not sure if you meant your question in the superficial sense or not ? lol I could be going way too deep here…