What effect do our senses have on our reality?
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All of the information in this question will not always be completely scientific, for it’s not a scientific question, but rather a philosophical one. Let’s begin. All five of our senses receive raw information, which then gets processed in the brain, but here is a little fun fact, our perception also has an effect on what the brain can in fact process, or what our brain can perceive. I refer to what was called or what I rather call the invisible ship phenomenon: http://www.forteantimes.com/strangedays/science/20/questioning_perceptual_blindness.html
“A more detailed account, “allegedly found in a diary in Magellan’s own handwriting”, describes how South Americans could see the boats that the explorers landed in, but not the ships anchored offshore. Their shaman stared out to sea and by imagining what he was looking for, was finally able to make out the ships. He was then able to point them out to others, until at last everyone could see the ships. The shaman could do this because he alone was open to the possibilities of strange things from other worlds.”
This of course lets you wonder how little we actually see, or perceive. This leads me to wonder two things, since all information is processed internally, and the brain interprets its, and our perception on reality puts a sort of “limit” on what we can perceive, what in actual fact is our reality as such? Secondly it makes me wonder on the subject of God, which of course stems two questions. Is God beyond our understanding, and of course as our perception is skewed based on how open we are to ideas and how we are not, could God exist? Or secondly, is God a design by mankind in an attempt to explain things we can’t explain, because of this problem of perception.
Let’s refer to the story in the bible about the siege of Jericho, how truthful this information is I can’t say, but I watched discovery channel, where they had a documentary about the fall of Jericho, claiming that it wasn’t define intervention, but that there was actually an earthquake at the time. This begs me to ask: 1. was it a miracle, and if so, did God send an earthquake cause we would not have been able to perceive a ‘define hand’ destroying the wall? Or 2. Was it just that, an earthquake and they could not find a way to explain such a natural occurrence, so they believed that it must have been God?
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So I used religion, just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the impact this has on our reality, there is far more references to this in quantum mechanics/theory. Post your answers, and of course, as this is a philosophical discussion, post your questions. If any of the above information doesn’t seem correct to you, post it so that I can correct it, don’t just leave an insult.