Reality As The Product Of Human Consciousness

1004 Words5 Pages

Since the Scientific Revolution, humanity has adhered to a supposedly reasonable rationalist philosophy—characterized by a preference for reasoning over experience—which inevitably arises in impersonal fields such as the sciences. Although science avoids preternatural speculation on principle, quantum theory’s implications alter the fundamental way in which we understand what is at a quantum level, and such a revelation transcends any reifications participated by preceding generations. Fortunately, English philosopher Owen Barfield’s Saving the Appearances transcends temporal reality, bridging 1965 and 2015, while his book serves as a template through which we begin to
…show more content…
Within a given reality, aspects indeed exist independent of human consciousness, but principal causality belongs to consciousness. In short, society experiences phenomena and, seeking to understand the world, its members then create representations, which define former unnamed phenomena. By participating previous generations’ representations, society becomes temporally distanced from its representations’ arbitrary nature, and succeeding generations participate those representations. For this reason, alpha-thinking’s generational prominence will result in intermittent generations deciding that reality exists external to them. At that point, they forget that human consciousness produces existing representations, which echo society’s collective memory. Compounded with previous generations’ reifications, participating current representations lays idolatry’s foundation for subsequent generations. In this way, our idolatries and representations ascribe historicity to a given reality, which lends a false credibility to that reality. As an example, those who live in comfortably defined realities easily become complacent and display remarkable passivity to reality’s potential implications, thus ensuring pre-existing paradigmatic reifications will continue to thrive as present idolatries. Such inactivity in a complacent static society acts to preserve, but subtly warp
Open Document