Objective & Subjective Reality

ReferenceA Logical Approach to Theoretical Physics

The “reality” of this universe is fascinating indeed. We perceive this reality directly through our physical perceptions of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. We also perceive a deeper reality through our mental perception, which results from the assimilation of all physical perceptions. The enduring aspects of mental perception are referred to as wisdom or common sense. These are based on generations of experience.


Objective and Subjective Reality

The reality of this universe may be classified as objective and subjective.

The objective reality depends on seeing things as they are. The word objective is derived from object that has the sense of “something perceived”. Objective reality is not only made tangible through the physical perceptions, but also made logically consistent by the mental perception. The objective reality is that which has been tested and verified, and cannot be argued with. It is the same for all people when all known inconsistencies have been resolved.

The subjective reality is different for different people and it may be argued with. The word subjective is derived from subject that has the sense of “open to inspection”. Subjective reality depends on individual viewpoint. It is characterized by inconsistencies that still need to be resolved. As inconsistencies are resolved the subjective reality becomes increasingly objective.

There is, however, a misconception that all perceptions processed through the mind are subjective. The fact is that perception are assimilated to different degrees in the mind. Completely assimilated perceptions are objective. As the degree of assimilation reduces, so does the objectivity. The conclusion then become increasingly subjective.

“Objective-subjective” is a dichotomy. If there is no objectivity, then there is nothing to contrast subjectivity against. So we cannot define subjectivity either. Therefore, the idea that everything is subjective is not only impractical, but also inconsistent and illogical.

Objectivity depends on the assimilation of perceptions in the mind. To the degree perceptions are not assimilated there is subjectivity.

Therefore, the idea that pocessing of perceptions through the mind makes them subjective is an illogical assumption.


Criterion for Objectivity

The physical perceptions are objective only to the degree they have been tested and verified to ensure there are no inconsistencies.  Wisdom that has been refined and verified over generations is objective only to the degree it has been consistent in resolving situations in life.

The criterion for objectivity, therefore, is the consistency among all perceptions. Inconsistencies indicate subjectivity in perception.

Consistency as a criterion for objectivity may be extended to include continuity and harmony of perceptions.


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