advaitam and Kashmir shaivam (Idealism and Realism)

Martin Gifford marting at NSWCC.ORG.AU
Tue Aug 19 03:14:37 CDT 1997

At 05:24 AM 18/08/97 +0000, you wrote:

>Here's a simple experiment.  1.  Find a tall building.  2.  jump off it.
>In the few seconds before you splatter all over the ground, try and
>mentally adjust the law of gravity.  Oddly enough it doesn't seem to work
>does it?  No matter how many people will try this experiment, gravity and
>the way it works will remain the same to each observer.  Because they are
>_completely_ independant of the observer.
>The idealist might reply that this mental creation of the world is
>unconscious and not subject to such direct manipulation.  Already this is
>a dilution of the idealist concept but even with this admission the theory
>is implausible.  There are what 5-6 billion people in the world today?
>Even on a subject as vague as the interpretation of a sunrise, there are a
>lot less than 5 billion opinions.  If all these people are out there
>creating their own realities, why do so many of them agree with each

.......Yeah, but as I said, you have to believe in their existence first.
Which means you think you are infallible. Any second things could change and
your whole 'reality' will be blown. Fingers crossed.....



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