Fair enough. But if we accept those parameters does it make any sense
to even talk about "reality."? Maybe in a philosophical sense, but
certainly not in a scientific sense as by (your) definition objective
reality, the only reality you say, is forever separated from what it is
possible for us to experience, or to know. Therefore, in contemplating
objective reality, we might as well be contemplating how many angels
can dance on the head of a pin.
In a way you are certainly right, but in another way I'm not sure it
makes sense to talk about objective reality either. For instance, under
the theory of relativity different observers can observe the same events
happening in alternative sequences, and happening at different times.
Yet neither observer is wrong. So, for example in that event you can
not speak of an objective sequence of events or time. And of course we
are all aware of the role the observer plays in the development of
It seems to me that the observer is so intimately entagled with the
reality of what he is observing that it makes just as little sense to
talk about objective reality as it does subjective. However, this is
not to say I do not believe in something like an objective reality; a
way in which our world works that can be understood and studied and
applies to all observers. But by the same token I believe in the
concept of a subjective reality as complementary to that and as
something with meaning.
John M wrote:
Dear Bruno, you (and as I guess: others, too) use the
subject phrase. Does it make sense?
Reality is supposed to be something independent from
our personal manipulations (=1st person
interpretation) and so it has got to be objective,
untouched by our experience and emotions. Eo ipso it
is not subjective.
Once we 'subject' it to our personal 'mind' and its
own distortions it is "subjective", not objective
So it looks like "subjective reality" is an oxymoron.
I understand if you (all) use the phrase as the
'imagined' and 'acceptable' version of something we
CAN handle in our feeble minds. I would not call THAT
a 'reality'. It seems to be a 'virtuality' as
generated (even if only in modifications if you
insist) WITHIN our mind, subject to our personal
mental structure and content.
I am not ashamed to say: I dunno, but it seems to
in wich case I separated 'it' from any 'reality'.
(the bartender, talking into the patrons' discussion)