Re: virus: Re: The Fall of Buddhism

Agata Ligier (
Fri, 14 Mar 1997 15:09:37 +0100 (MET)

On 11 Mar 1997, D. H. Rosdeitcher wrote:

> Tim--based on the comment above and some of your previous comments, like "What
> color are the clouds where you come from?", you seem to imply that reality is a
> function of consciousness. It's like an idea that the mind is a synthesizing
> device which shapes and distorts reality according to its perceptual filters and
> does not validly perceive an objective reality.
> Things exist as they are, regardless of anyone's consciousness. But
> consciousness can perceive the same existence in many ways. The entities which
> have identities already exist in reality, but it is consciousness which
> identifies those entities.

Our minds dont get possible information about reality. We cant
identify smells as good as dogs can. The smell exists in reality, we can
learn about it observing dogs. How many other real signals do we miss ? HOw
important are they for our perception ?

> But sometimes the mind gets tricked, since it is accustomed to seeing
> certain patterns, and mis-identifies something that is not part of an
> established pattern. [...]

Our minds tend to create models or patters. How good these models are ?
We keep them as long as they are good enough to live safely and comfortably.
Sometimes we keep two different models: is light a wave or a particle ?
If something doesnt fit a pattern it takes some time to accept it but
finaly we create a new pattern which incudes the "exception".