Whispers of Destiny: The Echoes of Intrinsic Motivation in the Pursuit of Obsession
The subjectivity of reality just gets more interesting the older I get and more I try to acknowledge others' realities.
Enjoyed the essay.
Hey Scott. Reality is reality. Our perception of reality isn’t always the same as reality with capital R. Our perception is often not the same as reality and we must try to get an accurate perception of that reality. Mathematics and physics are an attempt to provide a closer understanding of reality and they have their own imperfections as well. Another approach is by trial and error and that might be our best approach.
Richard Feynman was asked what we mean by understanding and this is what he said:
We can imagine that this complicated array of moving things which constitutes "the world" is something like a great chess game being played by the gods, and we are observers of the game. We do not know what the rules of the game are; all we are allowed to do is to watch the playing. Of course, if we watch long enough, we may eventually catch on to a few of the rules. The rules of the game are what we mean by fundamental physics. Even if we know every rule, however... what we really can explain in terms of those rules is very limited, because almost all situations are so enormously complicated that we cannot follow the plays of the game using the rules, much less tell what is going to happen next. We must, therefore, limit ourselves to the more basic question of the rules of the game. If we know the rules, we consider that we
"understand" the world.
Reality is reality and the rules must be learned to fully understand that reality. In that approach, we will learn about our own’s personal perceptions and get closer to understanding Reality which also happens to be our reality.