Constellation- What is Reality?

What is reality? This has been a question that philosophers have been trying to decipher for many years. We first must try to understand, what the definition of it is. How do you define real?

People say it’s how you talk about your feelings, what you can smell, what you can taste and see. Surely then it is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. Then I ask myself can I trust my senses? We can’t assume that ourselves senses speak the truth when responding back to the world. Maybe we are ignorant of the way the world’s perception actually is and only acknowledge what we want to see. We contradict the human scale, we see with ignorance, but we don’t make ourselves broader to the idea of a certain perspective. I guess as humans, we are constantly challenging the perception of reality.

Albert Einstein said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” What if we don’t all see the same illusion. In my lecture today I was opened up to the idea that each and every individual sees the world from a different view. We worked with a theory that was used by a philosopher named Bertrand Russell, in his book ‘The Problems of Philosophy.’ He described there being a table in the middle of the room and around it is a room of people. He asks the people about what they see. Everyone went to the most simplistic answer, which was a brown table. However, they all lied because each and every one of them, would of got a different perspective of the table. From the angle and the changing of colour tones, caused by the sunlight. It would of been a different experience for all of them, so do we limit ourselves to our brain’s capabilities to what lies before us.  Do we really take into account what the world shows us or do we make it up as a figure of our own imagination.

I found this lecture really interesting to learn about because it opens my eyes to a broader way of how to see the world. It makes me want to yearn for more knowledge about who we are and what we can be made of. This is a good skill to learn for my practice Graphic Communication because it shows me that there is always questions and answers that are ready to be investigated.


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