Are you sure?
But what about the stuff they said like how objects change based on the distance and point of view, or the way different objects affect people differntlyV
This will explain the entire question. Watch it, please do. https://www.ted.com/talks/anil_seth_how_your_brain_hallucinates_your_conscious_reality
I know about that, and I suspect they did too. So how can you not adopt a Pyrrhonist point of view then? Like they say we can’t trust our eyes because an object changes based on your view point. Or how sometimes things change in relation to other things.
You missed the part about shared reality. We don’t have to trust our own eyes, we have over 6 billion other sets of eyes. Watch it again.
Something just struck me. Our shared reality is also a product of a collective hive mind, similar to any hive mind, but of course at a much deeper, even abstract level.
Seems to me that is also the foundation of scientific inquiry, especially if a new idea is proposed. In science we analyze the proposition, test if consistent results can be achieved, or if it can be falsified, and finally come to a consensus if the proposition is true or not.
I saw a NOVA presentation of an experiment with bees. A bee hive was placed in the middle of an island with a good food source and at each end of the island other food sources were placed. But one of the locations also provided a better general environment to establish a hive than the other.
When it was time to swarm, due to overcrowding of the center hive, scouts were sent out to seek a favorable spot for establishing a new hive.
When the scouts came back, both had information of food rich locations and each scout did their famous dance to indicate location and abundance. This dance lasted for a considerable length of time and apparently one of the scouts was able to convince the rest of the hive of the benefits of her discovered source and sure enough, by consensus the part of the hive which was about to swarm picked the most favorable spot and the entire swarm set straight out to that spot.
I was astounded by the ability of simple insects to make such a subtle decision, based on the information provided by the scouts. If we think about Anil Seth’s lecture of how the brain makes best guesses based on conflicting information, it would seem that even at such a fundamental level there exists a form of decision making based on processing available information.
But if we consider that lemurs and macaque monkeys have shown that by some innate counting mechanism they can tell the difference between more or less of something as well as humans, it shows that this ability occurs at a very fundamental evolutionary level. How do animals acquire the ability to use sonar, or colors, or scents or even the earth’s magnetic fields to navigate.
I find this truly remarkable and is one of the reasons why I am so interested in the mirror neural system of any animal with even rudimentary brains, which allows them to make choices, based on experience and observation.
This link is just one example of the incredible evolution of the mirror function of the cuttlefish, which evolved from a sea slug.