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Do your thoughts magically influence reality? Or should we face reality as it is, no matter how unpleasant it may be?

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Data => information => knowledge => wisdom

Reality is data. All else is narrative...

sub0 Level 4 Nov 30, 2020

If I stand on a train track, and "Really Really " believe that the train coming towards me is marshmallow and cannot hurt me, or it will, (on an atomic level) miss me by allowing my molecules to slip between the molecules of the train. Will it work ? On a quantum level its possible as until measured, the items exist in a state of superposition, and do not exist in either state, But I have yet to see any other outcome at the moment of impact other than the destruction of the human, and a small mess on the train, the state of mind of the individual does not seem to matter, the knowledge of belief in the train, do not seem to change the outcome.

Some truths are determined, But some seem to be the result of factors and forces that seem unwilling to be altered by my will. - And this is before the whole issue of free will gets raise at a quantum level, as time is a dimension (space-time) and ca be warped, so the future and past are co-existent, meaning they are already fixed, so how can we change them - or are there multi dimensions, one for every choice, or are we just products of the universe, thinking we are real, but not, are we part of a Boltzmann brain, and not real anyway, or are we just a hologram on the surface of a black hole ???

Are you sure you want to really start down the rabbit hole?

What is reality ?

The_Q Level 7 Nov 25, 2020

Reality and Truth lay somewhere in the middle of everyone's perceptions.

TJL4All Level 1 Nov 25, 2020

Thoughts precede actions, and actions change reality. Not always the way you want it to though, but that's ok because that causes new thoughts to arise... and the cycle repeats.


this post really (ha!) is a philosophical question about what exactly IS reality. Its very rare thing that any two given people have identical interpretations about reality.
There can be no question that thoughts shape and color reality. You know the expression; "if you go through life as a hammer then every little problem looks like a nail to you"

If you sow seeds of paranoia, discontent, fear then that is how you will interpret literally every interaction with other people.
Positive thinking is powerful (with a nod to Norman Vincent Peale) and negative thinking IMHO is much more powerful. The easiest way to manipulate a person is to convince them that they have been wronged.

iThink Level 8 Nov 24, 2020

I have written extensively in these forums on how abstract most aspects of our reality are.

Things that do not belong to physical reality can have an effect on your physical reality. Money is perhaps the best example. How much money you have impacts your physical reality. Even when money was mostly precious metals it's value was fixed artificially and was exchanged on faith in it's abstract value. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say that money enabled a kind of exchange magic. The following quote "Ye cannot serve God and mammon" how abstract concepts such as Gods and money influence our lives.

You could argue that money is more real than God but that is the unsophisticated argument so common today. Both are symbols of social order and the necessary ethnocentrism that allow strangers in a complex society to have faith in each other which is a kind of magic. By ethnocentrism I don't mean in the way it is usually used but in the sense of a shared belief in a set of arbitrary rules necessary for civilized life. Cultural differences aside.

Anything you don't understand but have faith in is magic. For example Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's belief in socialism is a kind of magical belief system. Often conservatives unflinching belief in the invisible hand is a magical belief system. Once Truth trumps facts you are living in a magical world. That doesn't mean you can live without belief.

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