Fandango’s Provocative Question #14

FPQEach week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

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. And that brings me to this week’s question:

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

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And most important, have fun.

20 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #14

  1. myforever77 February 13, 2019 / 7:11 am

    Here is my contribution as
    myforever.blog/2019/02/13/objectively-speaking-fact-and-intentions/

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  2. Marleen February 14, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    Our surroundings are perceived through our senses and our minds, of course. Hopefully. The alternative is to be berated for believing our “lying eyes” (or ears, that to which we have access). We have the senses (inborn), and then we develop ability with words and holding images of thought (memory and other forms of imaging). I don’t want us to favor force or fooling (with the most devious in control) or strings of symbols as all that’s really real.

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