Is there anything like "objective reality"? Can we directly perceive the world beyond our own sensor filters?
According to General Semantics, the map is not the area: the description of events, places, objects and concepts in the world are not actually the concepts or physical entities that represent. This may seem obvious, but we often confuse something with the thing itself.
Drink rotten milk and this "disgusting" does not mean that milk is objectively disgusting. It may be disgusting for a person to drink milk, but not unnecessarily to anyone. Similarly, the sky is blue & # 39; incorrect if another animal does not detect the blue color.
We notice that the sky is blue on our electromagnetic spectrum, but sky can look differently to other creatures in accordance with its sensory device. So we also believe that we can be true about many subjects, in fact, only our beliefs and our perceptions (the map), not the facts and data available to them (the area).
In acquiring knowledge, we use models, theories, hypotheses, graphs, and other representations to convey concepts. But these attempts to quantify and describe the world always limit sensory filters. In fact, they can more accurately describe how the human mind developed, not the universe.
Our ancestors used symbol and metaphors to convey knowledge. By referring to the history of our ancestors, they referred to the concepts of analogy and abstraction. In this way, complex information was passed through the centers. The ancient African dogs and Egyptians have described cosmology through myths, drawings and hieroglyphics. Recent understandings have highlighted that ancient representations really correspond to the current scientific understanding of cosmology and the theory of atomic, quantum and string theory. Still, are the current models more advanced than the ancient ones? If both maps give you an understanding of the area, are not they both effective?
In the present era, movies and television have become a major part of story-telling and symbolism. Through mass media, strong metaphors are in the public's mind. The Matrix & # 39; and full recall & # 39; so deeply rooted the concepts of reality and our perception. It has made it possible for people to deal with issues that usually require an interest in philosophy or metaphysics.
Likewise, our dreams communicate with us with metaphor. We often remember the seemingly bizarre and accidental events that occur in our dreams. Through the introspection, however, one can discover that dream is a symbol; an analogy of a situation or problem in our lives that provides a valuable insight into this topic. According to a definition: "metaphor sees something from another point of view". Sometimes this is the different viewpoint that leads to a better understanding.
The important lesson is to appreciate that we never know what is needed for an object. We can find a rich understanding on a subject, but this does not necessarily mean that the subject is part of the subject. As our map becomes more complex, we can reach a larger area from our area. They will still be maps. As David Leary stated:
"Knowledge is highly manipulated in metaphorical (or analogue) ways of perception and thinking."
They all exist in our personal universes. Life is not objective because we filter our experiences through our senses, our beliefs, and our values. To live in a better world we sometimes have to step away from our personal universe and try to understand the world with another prism for change.
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