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Perception

Nothing is ‘real’ – nothing exists.

Personally, I can’t get enough of this idea – the idea that nothing in this universe, or the universe itself, exists. We’ve all heard the concept of our lives being a dream, or we are AI in a game similar to The Sims, in a coma etc. What I am about to discuss, though, for me, makes perfectly logical sense – I guess it depends on your philosophical twist, also:

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Colour. While nearly every human being on this planet knows what it is, it’s still a very abstract idea. For starters, let’s conduct a short thought experiment. Take a second to focus on the colours you see right now. Look at the clothes you are wearing (let’s assume you are not reading this butt naked). Try and describe the colour you see. First thing that probably pops into your mind is the word associated with that colour – in my case this would be grey. Now try and describe that colour without mentioning the word associated with it. How would I describe the colour grey? Well I could say that my t-shirt is the same colour as ashes are. Or perhaps point at something and say that my t-shirt is that colour. But no matter how long you try it’s nearly impossible to describe the colour you see without comparing it to something else or using the word associated to it.

Few days ago I was discussing this with Marais and Sims. This topic was always one of those ‘mind fuck’ topics which I love to think about and discuss with others. But in order for me to present you with my personal ‘theory’ I feel the need to explain briefly what colours really are.

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Déjà vu – we’ve all experienced it; that weird sensation when an event or experience seems so familiar that you’re sure it has previously occurred, when in fact it hasn’t. A feeling so strange, in fact, that… well, that you can only say what it is in French.

As a rule, humans don’t tend to experience the sensation until the age of 8, though it can occur beforehand. Experiences tend to become more prevalent through childhood and reach a peak in teenage years, and early “tweens” – here, it seems, rates of experiencing déjà vu decrease with a steady growth in maturity. This, obviously, puts forth the argument that déjà vu may be connected to brain development. However:

In his 1928 book A Textbook of Psychology, psychologist Edward B. Tichener suggested déjà vu occurs when we catch a momentary glimpse of a situation, or object, before our brain has fully constructed a conscious, cohesive understanding of the experience, and this “partial perception” leads to a false sense of familiarity. He argued that déjà vu is merely a “false recall” of memory, an anomaly, and not an act of prophecy or precognition, as it was once believed.

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We exist in the future; we perceive the past.

I was recently acquainted with this interesting, but fairly simple, idea – that we exist in the future of what we perceive.
To begin: light takes time to travel; one second to cross 299,792,458 metres, to be exact. Now take the stars in the night sky, for example; Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun, is approx. 4.2 light-years away. This, of course, means that the light emanating from it takes 4.2 years to reach us here on Earth. We therefore see the star as it was 4.2 years ago.
Light from everything in the universe, including this text which you are reading now, has taken time, no matter how miniscule an amount, to reach your eyes. Say, for example, your monitor is 50cm from your eyes; it has taken the light from said monitor 1.66782048×10-9 seconds to arrive at your retina. You are therefore viewing the monitor as it was 1.66782048×10-9 seconds ago. Every single object you see is merely an image of what that object looked like in the past. This includes your own body.

Conclusion (TL:DR) – Because light takes time to travel, we see everything in the universe for what they were in the past. Our body, therefore, physically exists fractionally further in the future of what we perceive.

Cheers,
Sims.