Reality: objective or subjective? Yes and no both and neither.

Semantics is a fascinating thing. There are many ways to approach it. When I speak of concepts I usually mean semantics.

Now for me, the use of light examples isn’t as impressive of an argument because, had I had a slightly higher percentage of oxygen pumped in the incubator (I was born at six months in 1972), I would be entirely blind.

As it is, I am blind in one eye (retina pigmentosa; only sees peripheral and it looks like black tv snow static covering everything) and the other eye isn’t much better (although with middle age, my natural focal point is moving further than 2 inches away from my good eye, allowing me to use my iPhone at a reasonable arm length).

So, whether or not you believe in Gardener’s multiple intelligences per se, the ‘gist’ of having “preferred channels” does seem to have some validity to me.

I am also half deaf; tin ear, and even the good ear goes up to 5000 hz and poorly at that.

I have a musical mind, perfect pitch as well. I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy although there is no evidence of that after touch and movement therapy at a cerebral palsy center in my neighborhood when I was 2-4 yrs old. Might have been a false diagnosis – never been brain scanned.

So for me, I have non-average vision, hearing, touch (it’s acute and precise due to early training), sense of movement through space (hyper aware at great detail), excellent smell and taste.

In short, I’m *aware* of my reality being constructed as I go along each and every day.

This does not mean that I believe reality is not objectively true. But my belief is constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed on a daily basis. Conceptual spaces using different sensory inputs as a basis is not strange to me, but quite normal.

I know what’s true for me. I know what’s true for someone else is true for them and I believe they believe what’s true for them is objectively true, and I do the same for myself.

I also believe that there is far more of an objective reality than we can see or measure because our conceptual systems and thought processes are based upon whatever sensory modalities we have available.

There are limitations to our imagination. Within those limitations, it appears to be infinite though, which is a nice side-effect of being unable to see the edges. I smack my head on the edges of my conceptual reality continually, which is why I know that infinity is most definitely a conceptual illusion.

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