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  1. #1 The World in Your Head 
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    In a new interview with cognitive scientist Steven Lehar, he argues that the world we see is actually a sort of simulation, represented in our brains. It's weird stuff, but his arguments are quite compelling. Highly recommended reading. I went on to read several of his papers as well. They can be quite technical, but I must say that he may be onto something.


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    Pretty darn interesting

    I like way out theories like this

    Nice stuff keep it coming


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    I have 2 daughters. My oldest has quite an artistic flair, from her drawings, paintings, sense of decorating and even her photography, it is quite different from any member of our family because it is appealing. There is no doubt she sees the world differently than I do.

    I agree with Caliban insomuch as finding outside-the-box thinking the most interesting.
    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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  5. #4 yes you are absolutely right 
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    There's no exact real world. every one sees world as they imagine in their mind. We see everything relatively to our selves.

    if you have seen the film "beautiful mind", i think it explains it all.

    load Buddha has also emphasised lot on this concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulasthi
    if you have seen the film "beautiful mind", i think it explains it all.
    I tried that approach in the Religion section. Its like having many religions, which one is right or are they all made up? If reality turns out to be our imagination then everything including religion will also have to be considered as such.

    Our 5 senses must play an important role in all this. A vibrating, oscillating universe needs to be detected one way or another in order for us to conceive it. What about people minus a few of the senses, particularly hearing and sight. Their reality or imagination would not be the same as someone who can hear and see. I don't think you'd be looking for moving pictures in the brain as Lehar suggests. When a lion detects the scent of a gazelle does it imagine a gazelle?

    I like the idea of the oscillating universe. When you think of the duality of matter it kind of makes sense. Waves are detected and the brain translates it into something physical. I don't think that is anything new or a thought many of us has not had at one time or another.
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