I'm prompted in starting this thread for discussion on reality...reality as we know it, as a collective (general Human perceptions) which is incredibly diverse, and from an individuals perspective, which is equally diverse.
For me, all this diversity ultimately comes down to this:
"Perceptions of reality are based on the belief system, which are constructs of the information received"
And that means all information...from the cradle to the grave, as it were. Some will argue that some of this information has been carried over from another life. The reincarnation meme in all it's diversity.
Right, wrong, truth...or not, subjective or objective, we all form perceptions of reality as a collective, and in more recent times, an individual can reasonably express their own personal perceptions outside of the common acceptance without being burned at the stake, committing blasphemy or deemed a heretic.
Yes a massive topic already discussed in various forms for eons, and these days cyber space offers an avenue for all and every topic, which we have all encounter in terms of "whats out there" in the realm of the Human mind.
So I'm gonna start, from a place where I am at today, aged 50 and a lifetime of experiences...
I wrote below over at Nexus; a response in trying to explain my perception, as a member said she could bend spoons with her mind as a child, and my response (post) fits the bill as a starting point from my own perspective for this thread.
An attempt at explaining my position....
My reality is here, in this body, living on this Planet...and sure, that could be a program running, kinda like "The Matrix" style, inasfar as I have zero view of the illusion really go on...but of course that all falls into the "possible" basket and a million miles from "probable or absolute" at this stage of our understanding.
But here is what I do know, and why I think the way I do...if it at all helps anyone to understand my perceptions...because generally I'm considered unforgiving...and there is a reason for that.
I prefer quantitative, rational knowledge...after all, this is what we do as Humans, seek knowledge.
And this is what I do know...
I was born a Human being. I am living for a duration, and then I die.
Everything else, before and after this life, as we call it, is to me "speculative"
This is why I prefer to operate in probables and absolutes...and trust me, I have contemplated, read, observed, studied, experienced all kinds...I am a thinker, pure and simple. I am designed this way either from randomness or by pre-determinism, of which matters not to me here in this life. What matters is I think.
I do not trust much at all...but I do trust that which I can quantify, that which I can reproduce, that which I can observe and share with many others...which is why my heart, in terms of knowledge and Scientific evaluation, lays in the Universe. This is where I have learn't much in terms of "procedure and evaluation" how to use my brain, from the Scientists who work in the Cosmology fields and theoretical Physic fields in particular, using the process of observation, predictable equations, searching for understanding, and all done in the best "rational procedure" we can...and all done from an exploratory point of view, not by fear...
So, much is speculative, and I am unforgiving when discussions are delivered with such certainty as 'valid' when it is speculative...including in the minds of individuals who vehemently insist it is the truth...whatever they may say using little or nothing as validation. I simply do not trust the minds of Men and Woman...not when the majority of Humans run a-muck believing all and everything without any rational or due process...and when actions and behaviours are exhibited by Humans, often rational is replaced with "justification" which when you dig enough, more often than not is a by-product of fear.