[quote author=“CoryDuchesne”]All things are mirages, as all things are creations of the mind.
Presumably you are a solipsist then. We are all creations of your mind.
No, the way things appear to me is that each creature outside of my is percieving reality in his/her unique way.
Or else, how is it you know that other people exist as independent realities when you deny that other things do?
I maintain the the self lacks inherent existence. Like all things, the self has no independent, inherent existence.
[quote author=“CoryDuchesne”]The mind gives birth to the creation of things. Without the mind, there are no things. This is because things must have qualities like hard, soft, hot, cold, big, small, etc.
Your argument is that things have qualities: hard, soft, hot, cold, big, small. Therefore they are created by the mind.
This doesn’t even begin to be a valid argument. One may argue that there are some qualities (e.g., color) that are relational or subjective in nature. That is, without three kinds of cones in our eyes, we would not see three primary colors. Animals with four types of cones (tetrachromats, like birds) would see four primary colors. But to make that sort of argument we are already assuming that other qualities are not subjective. In particular, the natural kind qualities that are used in the sciences.
You mean, qualities like an objects size, shape, form? Objects shrink when they are in motion. What is a continuous whole sound to us, is divided up in seperate peeps to a bird. A world of objects outside of our consciousness, I’m afraid does not inherently or independently exist. Is is not the implication of Einstein’s theory of Relativity that notions of space, time and mass are not absolutes, existing in themselves as permanent unchanging substances or entities? Space is not an independent, three-dimensional domain, and time is not a separate entity, rather they co-exist as an undivided continuum. Space and time, is ultimately relative. Quantum physics tells us that reality is far beyond human perception and intuition. In other words, our rational mind and common sense are just not capable of understanding the true nature of reality empirically. The best we can do in regards to attaining truth, is to settle for logical truths, rather then empirical ones. Interestingly, Einstein was by nature a rationalist, and it was only after he concieved his logical truth via pure logic, did he try applying that truth to empirical reality.
The more common sense newtonian constraints of absolute time and space need to be abandoned.
[quote author=“CoryDuchesne”]Reality is subjective.
Some bits of reality are subjective, but reality itself is not. It’s just hubris to think otherwise. We aren’t that important.
And it’s not hubris to believe that you percieve the world as it actually is?