Truth suffers from too much analysis

Construction of the External World Pt. 2

Posted by allzermalmer on May 14, 2011

This is the 2nd blog of 6 blogs on the Construction of the External World. You can find Construction of the External World Pt. 1 here.

Construction Two: That the corresponding presentations of different minds are identical, and that there are not many universes, but only one.

When we typically think of the universe, we think there is one. However, as we saw in the first construction, this is not true. Let us see this is self-evident when we reflect on the subject. John’s purple sheet of paper presentation is not Jane’s purple sheet of paper presentation. There is no evidence that they even resemble, much less that they are identical, to each other. When look at what we regard as an object, the purple sheet of paper, a purple patch is present to John’s mind, and another purple patch is present to Jane’s mind. These are two patches, and not one patch. And when we have thousands of minds looking at the purple patch, there exists thousands of purples patches. Each of these worlds is separate from each other, and each are absolutely cut off from one another.

Let us imagine that John and Jane have a black covered presented to them. The book is opened  and see white pages. The book is then closed where we see the back of it. Then the book is replaced with a yellow book. Thus, we have a series of presentations presented to John and Jane, which are black, white, black, and yellow. John and Jane compare notes on the presentations to their minds, and they find that they similar experiences presented to them. What happened in John’s world has its counterpart in Jane’s world. They are still separate worlds, which are John’s world and Jane’s world. They run a parallel course, and what happens in one happens in the other.

Now imagine that John and Jane are in the same movie theater, but one is room 1 and the other is in room 2. They are the only ones in those rooms, watching a movie, while talking the cell phone with one another. They are each watching a movie. Now, it is impossible for one to see into the other room, even though they are next to each other. John cannot see Jane’s film, and vice versa. Yet when they are describing the movies that they are watching, they find that there are some similarities between the movies that they are each watching. When a dragon appears in the movie that John is watching, a dragon appears in the movie that Jane is watching. When the hero dies on Jane’s movie, the hero dies in John’s movie.

However, this is not really accurate in what is going on. There not only appears similarities in the movies that John and Jane are watching, there are also differences in the movies that they are watching. The hero, in John’s movie, has a circular half-dollar coin. The hero, in Jane’s movie, has an elliptical half-dollar coin. In John’s movie, he sees a landscape, and in Jane’s movie, she sees a seascape. And it continues on like this.

The differences between John and Jane’s movies are ignored, and what they take hold upon, which is both useful to them, is the agreement between the two movies, or the two worlds. This agreement will, and does, form the foundation of their common world, or future common world. The differences would lead them nowhere. So if all the worlds of all the different minds were wholly different from each other, and nothing in common or agreement, then no common world could be built up, and each would remain in their own private world. Thus, it is the agreements in John and Jane’s world that are important to them, and they go on to ignore the differences for the present moment.

With the first construction, John and Jane discovered a similarity between their own experiences/presentations. However, they did not discover that their presentations have the same identity, or are identical with one another, in their two worlds. In fact, there are not only two minds, but there are a multitude of minds, like John, Jane, Jill, Jack, Jason, Janet, and etc. And the other minds come to believe in the existence of a multitude of other minds, and by default a multitude of universes all running the same course.

So once the multitude of minds/universes are confronted with the first mental construction, they will come to think and talk as if there were only one universe. Doing this, going from multiple universes to one universe is an economy of thought, and a mentally laboring saving device, or construction. Thus, when John and Jane have a purple patch presented to them, instead of John talking about seeing his purple patch and her talking about her purple patch, the purple patch. And once we realize that for all the minds that exist, that is the same amount of universes that exist. Thus, it would be tiring to think of so many universes. So we would come to think of them all together, in terms of one universe, or as as if there is only one universe, which will be simpler and easier.

So far, we have found another case of alternative truths. We are free to make our choice between one universe or multiple universe. So with our second construction, we find another alternative truth and decide upon them. Both of these beliefs would be true. However, one is simpler than another and convenient for the mind’s purpose of coming up with an external world. This simpler belief is chosen, and it has been chosen to be embodied into our structure of human knowledge.

Now, one of the differences between the first construction and the second construction is the first has no evidence for or against it. The second construction seems to have evidence against the view adopted, namely one universe. The reason is that for each mind, there is one universes. Thus, if there are millions of minds, a million people, there are a million universes. Now we have accepted a principle in the second construction to overlook this: Facts or complexities of the facts which can make no conceivable differences in the mind’s outlook or in the accomplishment of practical, or theoretical, purposes may be ignored and treated as if they were not facts.

When John and Jane look together at a purple sheet of paper, it may be a fact that there are two purple sheets of paper. However, it will make no difference to anything in the universe (unless we are talking about epistemology, yet we can make special provisions for that) if we talk and think as if there were only one common purple sheet of paper. To do this will be simpler and will be an instrument to establishing a common world and society of minds. Thus, facts which have no conceivable bearing on anything are for the purposes of knowledge not facts.

Now the second construction is not expressible like the first construction, which means that it is not expressible as a hypothetical proposition. In the present construction, we express it in the opposite principle. We will suppose that something which is perceived does not exist. Thus, the construction is expressed in the categorical form, which is, ‘There is only one universe.’

The second construction is a ‘true’ construction. It is a belief which mind does not find in experience or is given. That characterizes only those constructions which suppose something to exist which cannot be percieved.


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