For a while I am going to use this blog to clarify my philosophy regarding the nature of the world by writing it down as clearly as possible.
1. Contact with objects in the world is through our senses. I only know the perceptions of those objects coming to me through my senses, I do not know the objects directly, since I have no direct contact with them.
2. I seem to have direct contact with my senses, though. You might even say I am my perceptions. They are at least a part of me, if not all of me. I don’t really have a perception, since without someone to perceive it there can be no perception.
3. For a perception to exist, there must be something perceived, real or imaginary. Now I come to think about this, there does not seem to be any way to tell the difference between a real object of perception and an imaginary one. That at least suggests that all percepts could be imaginary and we would never know it.
4. So a perception needs a perceiver and something to be perceived, otherwise there is no perception.
5. Without any perceptions, I am just potentially aware. I can hardly say I am aware if there is nothing to be aware of.
6. But perhaps I can be deep asleep, not dreaming. Am I aware then? I don’t know. My senses are ready to work, I can be woken by a sound or a touch, or even a smell. So there must be some awareness, even though there isn’t anything to be aware of.
7. Since perceiver-perception-perceived cannot be dismembered without disappearing, all I know about the world is a part of me by virtue of its being perceived by me.
8. But the world does not feel to be a part of me. For over eighty years I have been used to regarding it as separate from me, and arguing that it isn’t, as I have just been doing, isn’t enough to convince me. I am a creature of habit.