Sep 6, 2015 -- 9:52PM, wrote:In the same respects since our very first example of something that is true and certain is our self/self-awareness. By what logic would I hop to accept anything else as being more certain or true?
I think this is important because when we attempt to measure our self/self-awareness. It cannot be found, it holds no weight and with heavy scrutiny it doesn't even exist.Utiltheo
Cogito, ergo sum. That the external world can influence my thinking is strong evidence that it exists as observed. The fact that I can affect the external world is additional evidence that I exist if needed. Solipsism ultimately fails as the external world can affect my thoughts in unpredictable ways and my effects can also be contrary to my intent.
The external world can be thought of as consisting of three levels of reality that can affect thinking.
Objective or sentient reality, that which can be observed, measured, and manipulated with physical tools but not directly with the mind with the exception that the mind controls most physical tools that manipulate sentient reality beginning in humans with the hand.
Mythical reality consists of memes generally consistently understood across cultures and languages. Mythical memes can strongly dominate thinking if they are introduced early enough in a person's life. Note that most mythical memes are fairy tales and folklore in language that can be understood by small children and generally are one dimensional good vs. evil, obedience vs. sin, etc. Nuance and interpretation may come later in life but generally that interpretation only reinforces the meme. Mythical reality is ultimately the creation of humans for the regulation of their cultures(s.) God(s) are frequent memes in mythical reality but all are created by humans commonly in their own image writ large.
Fictional reality is a tool for manipulating minds, mythical reality and occasionally sentient reality but is more limited than mythical reality in that it is language and culture specific, although the best are translatable across languages and cultures. Fictional reality normally has an identifiable creator, and includes art and music as well as the written word. The memes generated by fictional reality can approach mythical memes in power and utility.