What Is Reality?
This post will be a bit different than the others. First I will discuss some arguments surrounding what current neurological scholars know about how the brain/ nervous system works. As there is a HUGE amount of complex information on this and as we can go VERY much into the nitty gritty details of the biochemical pathways etc, I am going to make this VERY top level. All people have a brain. You need to think of the brain as a super complex computer which receives information from your body and computes that information and stores whats important as well as problem solves and processes. We know that from a very young age the brain has unlimited possibilities before genetically induced neuronal trimming occurs. There is some who think that this might be how an individual is set up with tons of potential to become anything they want to be. Personality and tendencies are not completely flexible however, some genetics do in fact play a role into perception, namely how your brain processes that information biochemically and which areas of the brain are used and to what extent.
I will again return to the idea of the brain as that of a computer. If you were to disconnect a computer from all input what would happen to it?! Say someone was to be born completely blind, completely deaf completely mute and having no sense of touch, would they have an internal monologue? Would they be conscious? Some argue that internal monologue is only the result of knowing language and that we actually lack one as infants.
These are just very brief points to get your thoughts rolling. Later on I will do a very in depth post on the topic.
I hope to encourage some of you readers to participate a bit more. I would like your inputs on what you perceive as reality. Some questions I will ask. I would like to keep spiritual discussion out of this. The point is not to discount religion at all. I want us to address this from a merely cause and effect basis.
1. How do you know that your body is your body?
2. How do you define reality?
3. How do you know the people you talk to every day have conscious thought?
4. What is an internal monologue and do animals have one?
Please answer these as numbered from a purely scientific stand point. The reason for this is because it helps us to view this with tangible evidence.