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Reality and Illusion

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 13, 2012

The thoughts in this post were conceived when I was reading Pat Cegan’s wonderful post titled “Figment of My Imagination.”

What defines our interpretation of the world? How can we trust that what we sense is real and not just an illusion? Lets explore a few arguments and see if we can answer these questions, and in the process define illusion.

Human beings have been gifted with two powerful abilities that enable us to interpret events that happen outside our mind. These abilities are Logical Reasoning (LR) and Emotions.  They exist in the form of 2 windows through which information passes to reach our mind, where it is interpreted. Hence, Observation of an external events passes through either or both of these  windows and results in an interpretation by our mind.

When an observation in the form of a sensory stimulus passes through the window of Emotions, it is corrupted by our desires and wants, and the output that reaches our mind is an illusion. When an observation passes through the window of LR, it remains uncorrupted by any of our subconscious biases, and the output that reaches our mind is reality.

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