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Thoughts, Free-Will, Facts, Artificial or Not?

Empiricism the great tool which science uses to create observations, data, and inevitably come to conclusions. Yet are we making more assumptions than we should be about the so called “facts” and “thoughts” that fill our mind everyday?

We say that because science, and many other facts are based off of observations and data that is based off of our senses, we can conclude it is therefore true. Why? Why is it more true than something anyone can make up in their mind. Is it because things seem more real through our senses, through pain and joy. Yet psychologically, most of these feelings can be replicated purely through thought. So why is it more true? Is it because knowledge gained through experience can be applied to the real world. Perhaps that is it, yet we still cannot prove whether we experience the world the same way. It is far more likely that we all experience the world differently. If everyone were to experience the world in the same way, we would probably share more of the same thoughts and approach things similarly.

However none of his explains how cultures emerge, how common knowledge exists. For any of these ideas to exist, they need several hosts. A culture is not that often related to one person, it needs to spread, and it needs to spread fast. We as humans have the urge to share certain information for different purposes. If all these ideas are shared and spread so rapidly it probably explains why common ideas exist. But why do we have different ideas, or ideas that are altered forms of the original. All of our previous ideas in memory that are in storage influence all the ideas that enter our mind. These ideas, not you, decide what details to keep and discard, whether to reject that idea, and decide its emotional component. In truth, its as if our mind is governed by a series of powerful and evolving ideas.

But then what about free-will, isn’t that one of the many traits of humanity? I would argue against free-will, but rather we are much like a particles floating in a chemical reaction; travelling in an absolutely random direction, it is not destiny but rather it is a series of completely unpredictable events. It is something in-between destiny and free-will, our fates are not decided by ourselves, yet neither are they predetermined, instead ideas and complex meta-narratives govern our minds, not ourselves, nor complex algebra.

Facts, the way we determine what the world is around us, yet some of these solid “facts” crumble before our eyes. Perhaps it is like thinking phrenology is a science, or a more cliché example such as the world is flat. It may seem true from initial observation, but closer observation leads to more dependable data. But if all of us experience the world differently, than none of those facts could possibly be the same. One fact could probably mean billions of different things that we could never decipher. “Facts” our heavily influenced by a bias through our experience, yet thoughts are no better, thoughts are influenced by experience and all past experience, ironically, in fact all facts are just subjective statements. We cannot conclude whether something is black and white true, rather it can be placed on a scale or line where the fact can be measured. As I had written earlier, or said in your mind, I think something is more factually true if it can be applied to the real world, or perhaps if they fit within your factual boundaries, be they skewed or skewer.

Nothing is truly objective, rather it is more objective based on subjective ideas, and that is the beauty of our current plane of existence. Everything just has to be messy, we can never make it appear they way we want it to.

 

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