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Old 30th-December-2016, 10:04 AM   #1
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Default reality = picture?

The more i think about it, the more reality seems like a picture.

of course, a picture is 2d, while reality is four dimensional.
there are 4 dimensional experiences like physics, motion and energy.

But in other ways, it seems more and more like a picture that has time and space dimension.
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Old 30th-December-2016, 10:22 AM   #2
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Pictures are 2D representations of reality. It makes sense that reality would share some similarities with them.
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Old 30th-December-2016, 03:57 PM   #3
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the concept of dimensions is part of reality. so ironically they loose some credibility when the witness wakes up out of reality. which can make reality seem somewhat flat or stale. the witness thinks it's not a part of it anymore, in the same way a person isn't part of a comic book they are reading. but the separation of the witness is an illusion (meaning this awakening is only partial). and reality is rather full not flat. a self-fulfilling being. without identification, it seems as within this being so many things are happening at once, within the present moment, whereas with identification it seems one thought happens after the next and these thoughts are elevated, more real than their periphery. this at-once ness has something picturesque as well, like a picture of many people at the beach, where no one is in the foreground, as opposed to a movie that often forces you to focus on only one character at a time, so you can understand him, which requires your mind to track the continuity of doing. at this beach, devoid of meaning, you hear their voices and your own inner voices side by side and they all seem equally empty of experience and meaning, because in the present moment they seem robbed of the continuity of experience that would have otherwise made each of them seem special.

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For me it's the opposite. My eye presents images to my brain, but what I see (how I think about what I see) is more in the particular framework behind the image. For example, when I see a person, I'm viewing them more through their type than through the surface pixels my eye picked up. I note the physical details generally, but it's not that important. Reality is, how we perceive it is a model of some kind (either sensory or like my theory).

Whatever works for you. My ESFP nephew operates more through his senses. For example, he has to touch everything. Gets on my nerves, when he comes over he has to touch stuff to understand it. I knew a sculptor once who was like this. Probably an ISFP, I watched him hold a small piece he worked on. I could see that he was exploring it with his hands, from touch. A novel idea to me, I won't be bothered to actually touch something unless I have to. Just seeing an object is enough for me to understand it.
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Old 30th-December-2016, 11:16 PM   #5
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For me it's the opposite. My eye presents images to my brain, but what I see (how I think about what I see) is more in the particular framework behind the image. For example, when I see a person, I'm viewing them more through their type than through the surface pixels my eye picked up. I note the physical details generally, but it's not that important. Reality is, how we perceive it is a model of some kind (either sensory or like my theory).

Whatever works for you. My ESFP nephew operates more through his senses. For example, he has to touch everything. Gets on my nerves, when he comes over he has to touch stuff to understand it. I knew a sculptor once who was like this. Probably an ISFP, I watched him hold a small piece he worked on. I could see that he was exploring it with his hands, from touch. A novel idea to me, I won't be bothered to actually touch something unless I have to. Just seeing an object is enough for me to understand it.
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Old 31st-December-2016, 01:16 AM   #6
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I have been thinking about a variation of this statement for a few weeks because it serves as a premise for something I am currently writing.

briefly, I think that rhetoric (the field of study rather than the "art of discourse" exclusively) ultimately has nothing to do with the concrete world, but it does require a particular image of our lived reality--a snapshot, perhaps--before the rhetorical act can begin. from this snapshot of reality, we can then use language to reshape events that occurred prior to that image (revisionist history, hindsight, assorted epistemologies, etc.) or construct a possible reality informed by that image (political discourse is likely the best example). neither exists in the physical world, but we can imagine a reality in which they can exist. a potential issue arising from this is that some physical reality must exist before the picture can be taken; but once taken, it ceases to be an objective view of the world because it is now framed by...well, take your metaphorical pick. the camera, the framing/composition of said image, someone's POV, language. ultimately, physical reality becomes subservient to our experienced/perceived reality and all the baggage that goes along with it. and for me, heaviest of all is language.

basically I like this idea and think there's lots of fun implications to it.
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Old 31st-December-2016, 04:22 AM   #7
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There is a work from Schopenhauer called "The World as Will and Representation", and even just the title of that book has been very influential in my thinking.

So, you are speaking of the representation, which exists in a slightly different way in each mind, and the other aspect is the will which, to me, is the dimension of the world which gives rise to consciousness and decision making, and pervades all.
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Old 1st-January-2017, 11:46 AM   #8
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how reality is different from a picture in a sense that:

reality has physics and touch
reality can change
reality has space time motion


these are the properties that a picture does not have. But then when you just stare at something/scene
for a long long time, like james bond



the more it seems like a moving picture
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A 2D picture is a great representation of the perception of reality that we as humans have of reality. It is not complete... there are things outside of the boundary that we cannot see. Not only that, but like you say, it is static rather than dynamic. It paints but a glimpse of what is much like viewing a painter while he is in the middle of a painting, not knowing how it is going to turn out. Ultimately all we can focus on is what is in front of us at the time. There is no possibility to see the world as a whole as a human, though striving toward expansion should ultimately be the goal.
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Old 1st-January-2017, 03:36 PM   #10
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I feel like you're nipping at the heels of Plato's archetypal forms but I'm not too sure with the ambiguous direction, as in you seem to be mostly giving reasons for why pictures are not like reality. Not to mention photographs are technologically inferior to the ability to freeze frame a multi angle 3d video recording. I admit I'm confused here.
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Reality literally is only taking in the present moment for humans (and likely every other form of life as well). As far as our ability to analyze goes, it is vastly limited. The fact that people (Drs. for example) have to specialize in specific things is testament to the fact that we can not know it all or see things through a different lens than the gifts of perception and reason that we are given. It is our limits that dictate what we see and not what we do have. The goal, like I said, is in the expansive part of who we are. The part of us that, while only getting a picture of reality, it should be our goal to know as much about that 2D image that we possibly can. We even want to go beyond that at times - to look, to guess what is beyond what we can see. This is what makes us human.
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