What if everything you thought you knew was actually false?
Nothing is as it seems...
For many people this is reality
just kidding, but really. Our perceptions and experiences make up what we know. Learn about another culture or way of life and something you felt very strongly about might suddenly seem so unclear.
I kind of believe we leave in the matrix, everything around us is an illusion. We perceive the world around us as real, but it is just the environment that was put in front of us. It isn't the truth.
A deep thinker We are all so obsessed with things like the economy when we are the ones who created it in the first place! We grow up and play the same games we played as kids, only it's not considered 'pretend' when you're an adult.
Yup , and when I say matrix I mean all the advertising, all the things we consider important, movies, tv, they are all there to make us think certain ways. Really to get us to spend more money, so the people who control this matrix gain power &
We do believe in many unverifiable so called facts. This differs from culture to culture. Becky Bruce is very right in he answer.
Lot of historical beliefs are or could be false. However we do believe in historical events just because our parents and great grand parents believed in them.
I have built up my whole world around things which I believe to be true. If one day it turns out that I have been believing in the wrong things, I'm not quite sure how I would react. But, since I'm at explorer at heart, I don't think I would get too upset as I would have discovered a whole new world to explore.
In my four decades of living, I have come to find that many things are not as they seem. Some of these things have intentionally been made up, others simply mistaken beliefs from long ago.
This question should cause people to really think carefully.
Love the question! Probably everything I think I know is untrue and I am constantly amazed at how I come undone everyday as i learn a little bit more
as I open my eyes and my heart to life.
Everything that I think I know may or may not be authentic, and based in substantially proven facts. I do realize that each of us as human beings have a take on the world around them in a different manner and often times different from their fellows. Sometimes it is difficult to determine if sanity is actually grasped by individuals or insanity is running rampant. I'll leave the decision to the slightly bi-polar psychiatrist and psychology majors, and keep on being just as nutty as a fruitcake, if that's what I am. Frankly, I really don't care if all that I know is not right or wrong, I just keep on, keeping on, thank you.
Matter itself does not exist. Matter is actually pure illusion created by our sensory organs and our brains. We, and our world, are maya, illusion. Everything is teeny tiny particles of energy continuously swirling around. Matter does not exist.
“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” -- Albert Einstein
I've pondered such questions. For example, I've given alot of thought to colors. What if my "blue" wasn't your "blue". What if mine was red.
An even deeper thought on colors, are there other colors that exist that we cant see? Try to imagine a color that isn't in our spectrum of light. Not a blend, or an ultraviolet, a primary color from another spectrum... perhaps another realm. Are we limited in what we are allowed to see? Try HARD to imagine a color you haven't seen, it hurts the brain.
Sorry, back to the question. I would say that most things we think we know are partial truths, mostly truths, and subjective. I think the only absolute truth in the universe is math, and even it has its mysteries.
Everything? I suppose that I would be paralyzed with fear - not knowing that I can drink water from the tap safely, not knowing that a pen would write on paper, not knowing if the words I type have any meaning.
I suppose that if we are talking about assumptions, for example, are the police on my side, does the government work, can I trust my neighbors, experience shows that these are always open for revision.
Do I know that my wife loves me? It would be depressing if that turned out to be not true. Does my computer connect to the Internet - I suppose I could live without that being true anymore. If I wasn't certain that steering the car would take me where I want to go, I probably wouldn't drive.
This question is so broad.
I guess that is why I keep studying and reading and learning and observing and thinking and pondering. The absolutes don't seem to change but a lot of the peripheral stuff won't sit still.
I think this is actually part of our existence. We used to believe that the sun revolved around the earth, we used to think that the earth was flat. We are continually advancing our knowledge and taking the steps to move ourselves closer to reality as it actually exists versus how we have perceived it. I think this is part of our evolution that we seem to be consistently proved wrong about the things we thought we knew. There are more than likely things that we think we know now that will eventually prove to be false, and as we have always done in the past, we simply adjust our knowledge and move forward with a cup holding more truth than what we started out with.
Some facts can change in time.
I used to remember when I was studying in school, I was taught the atom is the smallest element since it cannot be divided.
But now that theory is no longer true since it can be divided into small part.
I believe that we must be adaptive to change when things are not the same.
Should such a phenomenon occur, it would be for a duration of, literally, 1/∞th of a second (or whatever unit of "time" you wish to use), as, for each said unit of time, even if your level of sentience or cognitive sophistication goes no further than sensory recognition, you are receiving data - information, and thus, even if everything you thought you knew theretofore was false, this sensory acquisition of input renders said (very thought-provoking!) state of *everything* you thought true being alas false, to be one of infinitely small duration.
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