FANDANGO’S PROVOCATIVE QUESTION #14 REDUX – Marilyn Armstrong

Fandango’s Provocative Question #14

I’m going to quote Fandango’s premise on this so my answer will have a context.

“This week’s provocative question asks about how we perceive the world in which we live. There is a philosophical and psychological concept called qualia, which states that our surroundings can only be observed through the filter of our senses and the ruminations of our minds.

Examples of qualia are the pain of a headache, the taste of wine, or the perceived redness of an evening sky. In other words, everything you know, everything you’ve touched, seen, and smelled, has been filtered through any number of physiological and cognitive processes.”

So the question is:

“Do you believe anyone can really experience anything objectively? Why or why not?”

At the risk of sounding like I’m missing the point, unless we are in some kind of anti-sensory pool, is it possible to experience reality without passing it through our senses? Is there such a thing as living sense-free?

I strongly doubt it’s possible. For good or ill, life is sensory. Great things are sensational! If you have too much in that department, you could be overly-sensitive. If you’re feeling sensual, it’s good to have a partner.

So, if we follow facts and science, collect information from intelligent background sources, and make at least a modest effort to allow our own intelligence and common sense to unravel issues, that is about as objective as it gets. I’m not convinced that experience detached from sensation is definable or could be real. Why would anyone want to view anything as not part of their world of sensation?

I don’t think so. We are all subject to our senses because we are animals, not spirits. We feel as creatures, not as wraiths, ghosts, or Fey. Because of this, we are also subject to compassion, empathy, moral judgement, understanding of right and wrong — and the ability to relate to other people, pets, and even animals who we don’t always feel obliged to shoot for sport.

All of that from having senses! Imagine that!



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2 replies

  1. I agree. Everything we observe and feel is affected by our subjective filters.

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