Feynman on hallucinations

“… the imagination that things are real does not represent true reality. If you see golden globes, or something, several times, and they talk to you during your hallucination and tell you they are another intelligence, it doesn’t mean they are another intelligence; it just means that you have had this particular hallucination. So here I had this tremendous feeling of discovering how memories are stored, and it is surprising that it took forty-five minutes before I realized the error that I had been trying to explain to everyone else.”

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6 comments
  1. Tiny Seal said:

    True reality doesnt exist. Its someone or the other’s percetion. Why the need to find/figure true reality?

  2. Trice said:

    “A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. ” Bertrand Russell

    Reality can be beaten with enough imagination , a good one :))

  3. pseudopseudointellectual said:

    From the Matrix:

    boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
    Neo: What truth?
    boy: There is no spoon.
    Neo: There is no spoon?
    boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

  4. Unawoken said:

    pseudopseudointellectual,
    I was impressed with the matrix series. I have heard and considered criticisms such as its being pulp philosophy. And I think inspite of its fastfood type offerings of philosophic smatterings, it was pretty deep in rephrasing some very cool ideas.

    I have subsequently gone over the scenarios from the M trilogy over in my mind, and we can have a discussion on this sometime, if you’d like. However, the one sequence you refer to, I think, was a bit too unnecessary and not fundamentally meaningful.

  5. Unawoken said:

    trice,
    That Russell quote is very apt in this context. Also, it is only to be expected that Russell would have said something like this.

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