Re: Interesting talk about how our minds shape our perception of reality

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2007 11:05:33 -0700

Mohsen Ravanbakhsh wrote:
> I haven't seen the video yet, but I guess what you said are the words of
> mysterians.
> They believe that we can not solve some problems at all (mainly the
> mind-body problem), as if it's like teaching quantum physics to monkeys.
> You'd not accomplish that, because they're incapable of understanding
> it. They say we are like monkeys in confronting some mysteries of the
> world, some problem are beyond our capability to solve.
> and... I don't want to be a monkey!

Maybe monkeys don't want to be monkey's too. I don't want to die, but that seems to have little effect on the universe.

But I think you can argue that humans are capable (at least in principle) of universal computation, so any understanding realizable as computation should be within our grasp.

Brent Meeker

> On 5/31/07, *Jason* < <>>
> wrote:
> I came across this speech given by Richard Dawkins which I found quite
> interesting, he ponders whether or not there are some elements of
> reality so strange that they are ungraspable by any mind. This
> reminded me of Bruno's categorization of the knowable, provable,
> believable, etc.
> Another part I found interesting was his ideas of how other animal's
> brains might represent reality, and discusses bats seeing colors with
> their ears, or dogs being able to judge the size of molecules they
> smell.
> Jason
> --
> Mohsen Ravanbakhsh,
> >

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