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An objective reality does not exist.

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Started: 5/28/2014 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Script_Bunny

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An objective reality does not exist. If the earth is believed to be flat, then it is flat. If the earth is believed to be round, then it is round.
NovaLux

Con

Proving an objective reality to Descartes' standards may not be possible, but, as all we can work with to find truth is the strength of the evidence before us and our confidence, it can be shown that reality is more likely to exist than not. My burden of proof in this case would be a preponderance of the evidence in favor of reality's existence, since neither the absence or existence of reality can be "concretely proved," being that it is the fundamental block which holds all other assertions.

My first point is that the absence of reality cannot be proved, leaving the question open as to reality or not. This argument relies on the assumption that a thing we cannot know therefore does not exist ontologically. Though common sense may dictate otherwise (a car speeding down the road will hit you whether you shut your eyes to it or not) this position cannot be concretely proved for either side. This does leave open the possibility that a thing not observed or known in the subjective may still exist in an objective sense of the word.

This brings me to my second point, namely that there are consequences brought about by how one lives their life. One course of action brings about one consequence, and another a different result. If you choose to jump off a cliff, you will not keep falling without end. Now why is it that this is the case, that a person cannot continue accelerating? It follows that if one course of action brings about one result, there must be a body of rules to which those events are subjected, otherwise there would be no link between cause and effect. That body of rules that dictates which events can and cannot occur, I call reality. Reality is the boundaries of that which is possible, those natural laws such as gravity which can be verified through their consequences.

It could be said that we do not know gravity exists, which is technically correct. But this is a very narrow definition of proof, that does not take into account the strength of a statement, which operates on a logic gate of 0s and 1s. On an educated guess, when a rubber ball is dropped we believe it will bounce up again, because it has before. We can say that rubber balls bounce (elasticity), because it is much more likely than the ball dropping like a stone, and find one more natural law that makes up reality. The fact that our conception of reality can change over time with more experiences does not mean that the greater idea of a framework of laws doesn't exist.

That's what reality is, an educated guess, one educated by years of constant experience from which patterns begin to arise. Though it could be said that China does not exist while we are in the United States, every time we visit it adds more weight to the conclusion that there are natural laws that will operate in our absence, our hypothesis once again confirmed. The consistency of the world from one observation to another only lends itself to support the conclusion that an objective reality does in fact exist. Because last time I checked people can't go floating up into outer space on a whim. Of course, I could be wrong.

Sources:
Plato's Allegory of the Cave
David Hume
Camus
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Posted by NovaLux 3 years ago
NovaLux
I accept
Posted by Wylted 3 years ago
Wylted
@coldmind, you can't prove that.
Posted by Cold-Mind 3 years ago
Cold-Mind
Objective reality exists and is observable. Perceptions of reality are subjective.
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