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 is referred to as wisdom or common sense based on generations of experience.

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


Objective and Subjective Reality

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. Since all reality is perceived through the mind, it is then conceived to be subjective, making objectivity impossible.

Any evaluation requires at least two data. A single datum cannot be evaluated. If “subjective-objective” is a dichotomy, and nothing is objective, then nothing can be subjective either. Therefore, the idea that everything is subjective is not only impractical, but also inconsistent and illogical.

Reality does not become subjective just because it is processed through the mind.


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 is consistency. Inconsistencies are indicators of subjectivity.

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


Physics & Objectivity

The science of physics continually examines the physical phenomena by observing it more deeply through experiments. It comes up with theories and concepts that describe observed reality without inconsistencies.

Newton came up with fundamental concepts, such as, mass, force, inertia, energy, and distance and a mechanical theory to explain the physical universe. Such physical theories and concepts are then continually examined for inconsistencies. The inconsistencies when found are then resolved to improve the existing theory. Physics detects and resolves inconsistencies through a rigorous form of logic called mathematics.

The science of Physics investigates and builds up on the objective reality of the universe. Physics uses the criterion of physical, logical and mathematical consistency.

Logic includes reality. Mathematics is an abstraction of logic; it is not directly concerned with reality. Mathematics in Physics becomes inconsistent itself when it is used to “explain away” reality instead of confirming it.


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