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NoemaNovel
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logicalposition
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Reality and the mind

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Started: 1/22/2020 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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NoemaNovel

Pro

Have you ever experienced something you couldn"t explain, Or had a dream that disturbed you because it felt so real? Have you ever tried to explain this to anyone only to be told that you have "an over-active imagination"?

Since everyone perceives everything in their mind, "reality" can only ever be what our minds make it, So that what seems real to us is real. Do you agree that if more people accepted this, They might be kinder and more tolerant to one another?

Are you willing to help make this happen by sharing your own experiences of your reality with others who will not judge or criticise it but will accept it on its own terms?
logicalposition

Con

This topic is insightful. However, Regardless of how insightful your question is, Your question denies the existence of universal truth/reality. According to your position, Reality is relative to individuals. Your position ignores substantial truths. Reality is universal. Unless an individual suffers from some psychological disorder which hinders or eliminates their ability to accept certain truths of life, He or she should easily be able to understand certain things regarding life and society, Mainly the universal truths and rules which guide our way of life. By arguing that, "reality can only ever be what our minds make it, " you are offering the idea that any individuals' idea or thought can be presented as truth, Regardless of the idea's content. For example, If a person dreams that they are gifted with supernatural powers, And accepts this fantasy after they awaken and pursues it, That idea would become THEIR reality, But it would not become a universal truth or true reality according to the remaining population. To believe that reality is relative to an individual is to believe that reality does not exist as a majorly accepted concept. Reality as an idea consists of major and multiple aspects. To truly understand 'reality' as an idea, One must accept the concepts of right and wrong, Real and imaginary, Pleasure and pain, And truth.

Regarding your idea that, " if more people accepted this, They might be kinder and more tolerant to one another" I believe that you are incorrect. Your position closely resembles the view of moral relativism, Which denies the concept of universal ideals and truths. If your argument was correct, Reality would not exist. According to your position, There would be as many 'realities" as there exists humans on earth (over seven billion. ) There is simply reality, Which individuals may choose to accept or ignore, And nothing else.

Nevertheless, Moral relativism, Or your idea that reality exists only within the purview of an individual, Provides the framework for a major debate in our current global society. The concepts of just/unjust, Right/wrong, Good/bad must be understood universally for global society to function. Obviously, These ideals are not universally agreed upon among nations (yet. ) The idea that reality can be whatever one's mind makes it would ensure that universal consensus regarding certain moral truths could never exist.
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Posted by canis 2 years ago
canis
Reality is a word. . Would "reality" exist without this word. Probably not. .
Posted by Leaning 2 years ago
Leaning
Have you ever experienced something you couldn"t explain?
Probably, But I've forgotten said experiences if they have happened. And I'd suppose most situations can be explained, Some situations simply have bad/incomplete/rough/vague/unproved/simply likely explanations. Though I'm sure I've simply said I don't know, Enough times in life.

Or had a dream that disturbed you because it felt so real?
Yes, But that passes when I've woken.

Have you ever tried to explain this to anyone only to be told that you have "an over-active imagination"?
I don't think so.

Since everyone perceives everything in their mind, "reality" can only ever be what our minds make it, So that what seems real to us is real.
I agree and disagree for semantic reasons.

Do you agree that if more people accepted this, They might be kinder and more tolerant to one another?
'Might be. Also possible to my understanding is that they go the opposite direction.

Are you willing to help make this happen by sharing your own experiences of your reality with others who will not judge or criticise it but will accept it on its own terms?
I think I'll say no.
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