Abstraction and Reality


Reality is the direct perception of what is. Reality does not arise from agreement. What arises from agreement is deepening of assumptions.

If a number of people believe that the earth is flat, then they are simply sharing an assumption, which is not part of reality. Shared assumption leads to illusion. When pushed too far, illusions become unreality.

Physical reality is concrete. It may be extended through abstraction. For example, the basic dimensions of physical space are correctly visualized at right angles to each other. This geometrical interpretation is concrete and it limits the basic dimensions of space to three.

However, an abstract interpretation of basic dimensions is that no basic dimension has a component along another basic dimension. This is true for the physical dimensions of space. But, per this interpretation the dimensions of the space may be extended beyond three. We are free to explore additional dimensions that may be abstract, but which are consistent with the physical reality.

The concrete dimensions are perceived by our physical senses of the eye, ear, touch, smell and taste. Abstract dimensions are not perceived by the physical senses, instead they are perceived by the mind.

Abstraction is unreal when it is not consistent with physical reality. Such is the case with String Theory, which has not been shown to be consistent with physical reality. But the abstraction postulated by the theory of relativity is real to the degree it is found to be consistent with the the physical reality.

Any abstraction that is not consistent with physical reality would have the character of assumption, or unproven conjecture at best. It would become real when found to be consistent with the physical reality.


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  • freebeeing  On August 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    What does reality arise from?


    • vinaire  On August 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Reality is simply what is there.

      You may speculate upon where it arises from, but that would be speculation.



  • freebeeing  On August 29, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    A most unsatisfying reply. Suppose one knows where it arises from. I don’t see that it must be a speculation. If that’s as far as you think can take the matter then I would encourage you to think harder! 🙂


    • vinaire  On August 29, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      I have given you my best answer. Let’s hear your answer. 🙂

      This is what I wrote in Philosophy Definitions #1:



      “Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still more broad definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist.”



      “Reality is, here on earth, agreement as to what is. This does not prevent barriers or time from being formidably real. It does not mean either that space, energy or time are illusions. It is as one knows it is.”



      Reality is the direct perception of what-is. Any abstraction that remains consistent with direct perception, such as, mathematics, is also part of reality. Inconsistencies with reality, gives rise to unreality and unwanted conditions.



      Scientology believes that reality arises from agreement. A group of people, such as, the Flat Earth Society, can have its own reality of a flat earth regardless of what others say. One may even hold on to the reality of a universe different from the physical universe. Thus, in Scientology, an individual may create his or her own reality and hold on to it.

      In KHTK reality is what is perceived through mindfulness. Mindfulness is seeing things as they are without assumptions. Reality becomes clearer as assumptions and inconsistencies are removed. Thus, one’s assumptions are not part of the reality that exists. If a number of people believe in flat earth, then they are simply sharing an assumption, which is not part of reality.



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