Questions of Reality--Questions of Illusion
So this is a bit late, but there's something that's been bugging me, and I feel that I just need to get it out there. I'll begin with this image:
And this one:
And this as well:
How does one tell illusion from reality?
This is one thing that kept creeping into my mind (especially at night) throughout the course of this class. When does one move from imagination to hallucination? Where is the line between what is real, and what is imagined, and just how thin is it? I pride myself on my imagination: I like to say that I could entertain myself for hours with nothing more than the air before my eyes and a little time to think. But sometimes I find myself wondering if perhaps this is not always a good thing. Sometimes (especially when I am alone, in the middle of the night) I find it difficult to distinguish from reality and my own imagination. As you can imagine, this has called some problems. There have been times in the middle of the night when I have heard something, a thin voice echoing in the air, just beyond my reach, and have had to wonder: did I just say that, or did someone else, or did it not happen at all???
With all of our discussions about 'truth', and 'truth-as-we-know-it,' and 'perception,' and 'knowing,' I wonder if perhaps this topic is a little more relevant than I am entirely comfortable with. When we look at an illusion, or walk the thin (and perhaps getting thinner!) line between reality and fiction, are we looking at a truth and a lie, something that is real or is not, or are we actually look at different realities? I might seem like a slightly strange idea, but I sometimes wonder if every possibility we think, every option we see, plays out somewhere--exists somewhere. Is it not (all too completely) possible that what is illusion here might be the reality somewhere else? And if so, what does that mean for our question of truth, and furthermore, for our theories of evolution?
I'll leave that as an open ended question, I think. (In this reality, at least!) Take that to mean as you will...