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What is Objective Reality?
Objective Reality - What is it?
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.