What is Objective Reality?

Objective Reality - What is it?

Is there a universal reality? A "reality" that is always the same, under all conditions and environments?
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What is "Real?"

What is Objective Realism?

Perhaps objective realism is an alternative name for philosophical realism, the view that there is a reality, or a realm of objects and facts, that exists independent of the mind. The facts are independent of us.

Per Leonard Susskind, a Stanford Physicist states, “…There are two descriptions of reality: either reality is the bulk of space time surrounded by the boundary, or reality is the area of the boundary.” An example is where you fall into a black hole; a space where a star has collapsed and the gravity is so strong not even light can escape, you do not feel anything until you reach the center and are destroyed. When you are observed from an outsider, you are destroyed when you reach the edge, or horizon of the black hole. So, what is real? Both! It depends on your perspective!

Once you have obtained (achieved) your reality where you form beliefs and make commitments to them, you rationalize, maintain and reinforce them through your biases.

Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine summarizes with:

  • Anchoring Bias -Relying too heavily on one reference anchor or piece of information when making decisions
  • Authority Bias – Valuing the opinions of an authority, especially in the evaluation of something we know little about
  • Belief Bias – Evaluating the strength of an argument based on the believability of its conclusion.
  • Confirmation Bias – Seeking and finding confirming evidence in support of already existing beliefs and ignoring or reinterpreting disconfirming evidence.

Given the process of science is as human and as chaotic as everything else, you experience, observe and interpret. Our “reality” is formed for a variety of subjective, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of our environments.

When we talk about "objective reality", we are talking about the world that's really there, unfiltered, outside your mind. Our beliefs do not change the world, except to the extent that they lead to actions that alter reality.

Science attempts to self-correct with double blind controls and other “non-biased” process. The real and the virtual world never match up completely, but they can correspond to a greater or lesser degree.

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dfager 5 years ago from Federal Way, Washington

I was going to write a hub on pretty much the same subject, then I forgot why. It's an interesting subject. To add to scientific biases, there's also built in psychological biases. There's several, one is we automatically, without conscious thought, group things in simular categories and our minds have some ability to fill in missing gaps automatically to form a recognizable image. Gestalt psychology discovered some of these distortions and more have been added.

I think it would be a mistake to be a strict objectivist. I never assume that I can preceive all reality has to offer, for instance, other dimensions.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

dfager,

Good point in regard to what we are aware of, our "awareness" is limited, thus our reality...


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rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

Good hub. Try reading "Is reality a myth". I think you'll like it, thanks. Up and useful.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

rafken,

Thanks, I will check it out... Thanks for the rating!


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

Some food for thought there. Confirmation Bias is used by everyone weather religious people,i.e. christians, buddests or druids, or Skeptics i.e. scientists, medical doctors or atheists.


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f_hruz 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Good stuff!

Nature herself is one form of objective reality which can have no bias since it has to be first created by a subjective observer. Humans have more or less developed skills to reduce our level of subjectivity by lowering our biases in favour of being more objective.

Most religionoids never even ask the question "What is real and rational?" because their relationship to a non-existing entity is their main focus independent of any bias or distance from any form of objectivity.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

ruffridyer,

Our reality is very delicate... Our minds performs constant "self-checks" to assure us we are OK...

Our belief system is fostered on "faith." We get to decide what that is..! Given our perception which is viewed through our lens of life experiences and beliefs; we arrive at our notion of what is "real."


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

f_hruz,

...let's see, a subjective observer creates an object reality! An objective "reality" that works for the subjective reality! What happens when different subjective realities deman an "objective reality?" Who decides what is "real."


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dfager 5 years ago from Federal Way, Washington

"Who decides what is 'real'." That's a real interesting question. But we know that the answer is not like taking a poll and going with the majority answer. We could still go wrong that way, unless we just talking about whether this chair or table are real. I think the challenge is getting used to excepting that we just don't know much - that reality is just too big.


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f_hruz 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

How can a subjective observer create anything objective? For that, you'd require a number of trained specialists in critical observation and analytical study to arrive at a more objective conclusion than any single observer would be able to - that's why good science requires a number of international players ... and is in constant development.

An understanding of what is real and what is not, has to be based on constructive forms of rational thought because the irrational mind may take anything as being real.

Yes, reality is vast, and so should be our desire to develop our intellectual abilities as a thinking life form ... :)


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Interesting concepts to say the least Dallas. Some times perceptions become our reality too. Reality can be what you make it, at least your individual reality.

Great Hub.

The Frog


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

dfager,

Great question! That is my point! Our "perceptions" are our reality. Our "reality" is subject to the above noted "bias."


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

f_hruz,

Per your statement, "Nature herself is one form of objective reality which can have no bias since it has to be first created by a subjective observer." Given your last staement, "Yes, reality is vast, and so should be our desire to develop our intellectual abilities as a thinking life form ... :)" One would have you filter through one of the above "baises." We are all "biased!" Our perceptions are our reality!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

The Frog Prince,

Our "individual reality" is alive and well. It may not reflect what is "real!" An example: who decides whi is "crazy?" The mentally insane and metally "sick" people have their own realities... What, or who determines the "objective reality?" What is real? Las Vegas has sleight of hand magicians who create illusions. The "illusions" seem "real!"


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f_hruz 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are not all the same.

Some fall for nationalistic hype, religious myths or political manipulation of the mind a lot easier than more critical thinkers do.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

f_hruz,

As a former Science instructor, one of my main concerns/goals was to "teach" students to integrate "critical thinking" and problem solving skills into their lives. I knew and understodd most of the things I tought would be "outdated" when the students graduated into the "real world." If they had acquired the skills to be a critical thinker and problem solver, my task was complete...


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northweststarr 5 years ago from Washington State

Practicality above all else dallas? As a writer, I try to elude objective reality as best I can. As a mother, I am unable to. All I want for my kids is for them to be able to follow their dreams... in a rational and parent-approved manner.

There is nothing practical about religion except as a base for social networking with like-minded sorts.

Spirituality is completely practical on an individual basis as an explanation to life and a compartmentalizing tool.

I go to church every Sunday so my kids can have a good moral base and positive peer relationships outside of school, but I don't drink the kool aid.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

northweststarr,

I undesrstand your concern.. What is our reality? We want the best for our future and our children. Our reality is different from our children.... Therin lies our challenge. We have a choice.. It is up to us to decide what our reality is....


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northweststarr 5 years ago from Washington State

You are a darling, darling man.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

northweststarr,

I note you "wish for mountains..." Perhaps your "mountains" are a facet of your "reality!" Church is a facet, you being a mother is a facet, religion to you is a facet, you writing is a facet, your spirituality is another facet and etc... Sum total of your facets have created your "reality."

PS

I do not "drink the Kool Aid." :-)


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Fascinating discussion and appropriate, too! What happens when perceptions collide? I know I have a unique way of responding to reality, in part based on voices in my head (Mom, Dad, Siblings, Teachers...), experiences in nature (canoeing, flying gliders, gardening, animals, birds...), created values (religious, spiritual, political...), etc.

I do not believe I have the right to impose my system on others, and yet I do not wish to change my system to fit inside of theirs, either. As a result, I find myself moving in and out of organizations which are less able to change as quickly as an individual.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Storytellersrus,

Our "reality" is ours alone. We have choices to share, integrate, or simply exist from a single perspective. Perhaps other "voices" create and add "color" to our own reality!

Thanks for your comments!


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Hmm, certainly they act as sounding boards and offer a fresh perspective. I appreciate other voices and their color. Thanks for your thoughtful hub. Voted up!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Storytellersrus,

I appreciate your "thinking" and reality! Our diversity creates are strength... our reality.


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kimh039 5 years ago

this reminds me of one of my pet peeves: people who "trap" too fast or "go off half cocked". Some people jump very quickly to a false judgment about someone or something, become absolutely convinced that their judgment is objectively and absolutely accurate, and act on it immediately and forcefully. I've known a few people who do that and I have learned that they can be very dangerous! I make a good effort to be objective about physical reality and choose to believe in a metaphysical reality that cannot be objectively observed or measured. Thanks for the explanations about biases. Nice work Dallas93444.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

kimh039,

Perhaps as in, "Ready, Fire, Aim!"

Thanks for you great comments. Your "intent" makes the difference...

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