All Perception Is Gamble
‘Long before quantum mechanics the German philosopher Husserl said that ‘All perception is gamble.’
Every type of bigotry, every type of racism, sexism, prejudice, every dogmatic ideology that allows people to kill other people with a clear conscience, every stupid cult, every superstition, written religion, every kind of ignorance in the world results from not realizing that our perceptions are gambles.
We believe what we see and then we believe our interpretation of it, we don’t even know we are making an interpretation most of the time. We think that this is reality. In philosophy that is called Naive Realism–what I perceive is reality. Philosophers have refuted naive realism every century for the last 2500 years starting with Buddha and Plato and yet most people act on the basis of naive realism.
Now the argument is maybe my perceptions are inaccurate but somewhere there is accuracy. The scientists have it with their instruments that’s how we find out what’s really real. What relativity and quantum mechanics have demonstrated clearly is that what you find out with instruments is true relative only to the instrument you are using and where that instrument is located in space time.
So there is no vantage point from which real reality can be seen, we are all looking from the point of our own reality tunnels. And when we begin to realize that we are all looking from the point of view of our own reality tunnels, we find it much easier to understand where other people are coming from. Or the ones do not have the same reality tunnels as us do not seem ignorant or deliberately perverse or lying or hypnotized by some mad ideology. They just have a different reality tunnel and every reality tunnel might tell us something interesting about our world if we are willing to listen.’
Robert Anton Wilson
American Author, Philosopher, Psychologist, Editor, Playwright
Poet, Futurist, Self-described Agnostic Mystic