Reality?

I sit in front of this small iPad screen, my brain taking in and interpreting the light and shade on that screen.
Sometimes the light and shade forms words, sometimes images.
These words or images convey ideas.
I decide what those ideas mean, whether they matter to me, and what I am going to do with them.
Sometimes I sense that they have changed me.
Sometimes they have changed me in a small way and sometimes in a big way.
No matter in how small a way – they have changed me. They have either made me think differently, or to think more confidently what I thought before.
Sometimes I want to offer the opportunity of this change to others and share the light and shade on my screen with them through the miracle of the internet.
Sometimes they change and sometimes they don’t.

One thought on “Reality?”

  1. The accidential discovery of light-and-dark on a page, as part of a social (or socially-embedded interaction), leading to an emotional reaction to the symbols that emerge in your brain that form your consciousness.

    Some of my favour quotes that perhaps help explain my comment:“Life was a swarm of accidents waiting in the treetops, descending upon any living thing that passed, ready to eat them alive. You swam in a river of chance and coincidence. You clung to the happiest accidents- the rest you let float by.” ― David Wroblewski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    "The fact is, though, that even when we’re alone, we’re a profoundly social creature. We’re not a solitary mind built out of properties that kept it alive in the world independent of other people. In fact, our minds depend on other people. They depend on other people, and they’re expressed in other people, so the notion of who you are, you often don’t know who you are until you see yourself in interaction with people that are close to you, people that are enemies of you, people that are agnostic to you"Read Montague, TED lecture What we’re learning from 5,000 brains

    "You can imagine a soul as being a detailed, elaborate pattern that exists very clearly in one brain. When a person dies, the original is no longer around. But there are other versions of it in other people’s brains. It’s a less detailed copy, it’s coarse-grained."Douglas Hofstadter, A Strange Loop

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