Theory of Knowledge

how do we know that reality isn’t just the birth of our imagination? like, what we see are actually just figments of what we perceive to exist, but are actually not there?
this thought fascinated me. if you think about it, technically our mind is in darkness. our “sight” is the result of electronic waves transmitted by neurons and optical nerves that sense light, i.e. the objects around us are formed in our mind by the various light waves that ‘shape’ the objects and paint for us a picture of what the object is supposed to be like. For example, we see a table as a table because our nerves transmit the light waves from our optical nerves into our brains, and the sounds we hear are transmitted by waves that our nerves also detect. but could these waves actually be distorted? could everything actually be our imagination? how do we not know, that people who are deemed as “mentally ill” because they see imaginary people and hear imaginary voices, are actually telling the truth? That in theory, we’re actually just like them, only we don’t see/hear as many things as they do?
Okay maybe I didn’t explain myself that well, scientifically. But if you get my point, then kudos to you. You just got an insight into one of those random thoughts that occupy my brain more often than information that I really need to know and learn, i.e. for my exams this coming week.

How do we know that reality isn’t just the birth of our imagination? Like, what we see are actually just figments of what we perceive to exist, but are actually not there?

This thought fascinated me.

If you think about it, technically our mind is in darkness. Our “sight” is the result of electronic waves transmitted by neurons and optical nerves that sense light, i.e. the objects around us are formed in our mind by the various light waves that ‘shape’ the objects and paint for us a picture of what the object is supposed to be like. For example, we see a table as a table because our nerves transmit the light waves from our optical nerves into our brains, and the sounds we hear are transmitted by waves that our nerves also detect.

But could these waves actually be distorted? Could everything actually be our imagination? Isn’t it possible that what we see as a table, could actually be a chair? Or that we’re all actually alone in our own world, with the people in it being imagined shadows? How do we not know, that people who are deemed as “mentally ill” because they see imaginary people and hear imaginary voices, are actually telling the truth? That in theory, we’re actually just like them, only we don’t see/hear as many things as they do?

Okay maybe I didn’t explain myself that well, scientifically. But if you get my point, then kudos to you – it’s heavy shit, but still worth one or two threads of your thoughts. Like how studying for my exams should be occupying my thoughts now, and not this.

Better get started on that then, hey?

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