Hi! This is my first post, and I want to share with you something I written a long time ago about the perception.
What do you think "perception" really means?
I originaly wrote this in Spanish, so the translate is not completly ok, but you'll be able to understand the main idea (and that is the objective of this post)
Hope you can understand it, and you like it.
Chapter one: the perception
"Does a falling tree make a sound in a lonely forest?". The answer came to my head, in a clear manner. It was obvious that something would sound where nobody could hear. I can not imagine the sound depending on someone close to it, with the ability to hear, listening.
And never more deserved respect rethink its meaning. At that time, that phrase did not reveal anything. Perception is everything. It all depends on seeing things, and what is worse: that perception is inevitable. If we say that we are a machine, we won't be a machine that looks, smells, tastes, touches and hears, that is, perceive; We would be a machine to perceive, and in addition, then process it (making use of our brain, which brings machine already incorporated).
This process would be a kind of filter, which passes what we perceive through our media receptive. For example, the hand helps us to feel different things, but as "we are made" to feel pain, we are very difficult to hand in the fire, about acidic liquids or very hot or sharp surfaces that hurt us.
Imagine any other entity with life in the universe which has the quality as it possesses the human: the sense of touch. But this being does not have a human brain which passes on the signal corresponding to pain. This would be touching the fire. Say also that you can feel its warmth, but without receiving damage. You can grab and feeling the cold snow with their hands, no problem. This being no pain. And if you want to perceive other aspects could totally unknown to us, referring to the sense of touch. The sense of touch may well be vastly larger and stranger.
If we apply this example to the four remaining senses we all know, we realize what perception is. Think about it. Will there be other "senses" that the human does not possess, and used to see "parts of the universe" different from ours? , Do we have apparently not limited senses allow us to see the universe as it really is? , Is there a limited number of "senses", which together allow us to see the universe "as it really is"? What we call "universe" ... ¿would even exist if nobody could perceive it ...?
... "Things" are made for "something" to perceive them? ...
So does a falling tree make a sound in a lonely forest? "Sure, that will be a hearing sense as if there was nothing to hear?". That is, if I had not (and never have been) anything or anyone who might hear in this universe, the tree would sound alike? "No, the sound would not exist if nothing could listen. It makes no sense ", or " yes, the sound also exist, and eventually some form of life will adapt and be prepared to listen, if its needed. "
There is a possibility that we are seeing a very small fraction of what surrounds us. Not only that, but our brain acts as a inevitable filter . The brain processes everything, and change our perception: some smells disgust us, we do not like certain things, or dazzle us others. There are sounds that we can not hear, and obviously things so far that we are able to perceive yet. We are aware that the senses that we do not capture everything one could imagine capturing, and also the brain's "limits" (either to protect the body, or for any other reason).
Imagine that the man never had ears. Now think how could any of those humans ever imagined something falling produce sound? How will any of them think that this wave would occur when taken with a set of cartilage and muscle, -through processing of the brain, of course- frequency and amplitude to capture thousands of different sounds? Sounds are almost like magic to those beings: imagine a magic wave that is captured and can be used to know exactly where it comes from the sound caused by any object, or even by ourselves, humans. Does it produce waves through the air grasped by the mouth, so tell us? I can not imagine. What sense could you imagine if you were one of them? What sense we not have, can exist? What is the universe, everything that can exist in reality?
The universe may well not be "made" to be perceived. But what is the order we perceive certain things and not others? Could it be that we are surrounded only things we can perceive? Or we are immediately surrounded by things we do not ever know because we can not perceive? (And I speak not of atoms in the unit are not able to see at a glance, but something definitely, or by any method, we can perceive, without exception, never).
More chapters coming soon (with a better translation I hope ) Thanks for taking time to read
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