Call It What It Seems Like

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Aphorism on Perception.

Submitted: April 23, 2016

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What is a perception? I render this ponder a cause to be viewed merely in the optical sense -- as the broader context of metaphysics and phenomenal/noumenon worlds would end up being too massive a delve in terms of complexity for this isolated notion that has risen in the ranks of my concerns. Everyone sees things differently in this world, in religion, politics, etc. But people also seem to actually physically see things differently as well. George Berkeley's famous theoretical question: "If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?"... is a terribly troubling question to make peace with -- and so it is to remain an open-ended question, like whether or not Homer existed. But the wonder that has been forged here is styled in the same likeness as this elderly hypothesis. The question of perception, in terms of color, just what is it? Of course it was Leonardo da Vinci who first discovered that color is produced by reflective light hovering in the atmospheric dew, but it is the brain that decrees what color is to be perceived by the eyes. Though this is true, the idea of color blindness is, to me, incorrect. Nay, say I -- it is color perception. A scenario can be derived from this notion of color perception: to wit -- two people travel, during the middle of a sunny day, past a house located on a road that neither has taken before, and though both, in concise visual recognition, see the house, it bears no significance to either person, so nothing is conversed between passenger and driver regarding the house. Being that the color of the insignificant house is never discussed, can it be concluded that both people saw the same color house? Perhaps the world is only what it seems like.


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