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Hallucination

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by The Hammer, May 13, 2021.

  1. The Hammer

    The Hammer Well-Known Member
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    Would you know if you were a hallucination?
     
  2. Conscious thoughts

    Conscious thoughts Veteran Member

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    I think there is more than one answer to this question :)

    Did we take something before the hallucination happen?
    Did the hallucination happen when we were very tired/sleepy?
    Is the hallucination actually a glimpts in to an other reality?

    Personally i do not have the answer to this.
     
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  3. darkskies

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    I don't think so.
     
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  5. RayofLight

    RayofLight He/they

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  6. PureX

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    Would an hallucination care? ;)
     
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  7. HonestJoe

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    If you were a hallucination, you wouldn't know anything. Your self-awareness means you're not a hallucination, certainly not by common definition. You could still be some kind of temporary creation of someone else's mind but I would see that as something somewhat more complex and involved than a simple hallucination.
     
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  8. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    My brother in law lives his life in a hallucination, he is paranoid schizophrenic and has no idea who/what is real or not.

    I speak to him several times a day and can usually tell his reality from his hallucination, so i guess yes one could tell unless one is seriously ill.
     
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  9. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    A hallucination from whose perspective? Another hallucination's? ;)
     
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    I think I would know if I was a hallucination. I think, therefore I am. But you could be a hallucination and I wouldn't know it. ;)
     
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    Polymath257 Think & Care
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    Hallucinations, to be consistent, produce a computational explosion unless there is a restriction on possible investigation.

    In other words, to maintain the consistency of a hallucination would require either directing the intention of the hallucinator OR otherwise limiting their options because there are SO many different ways to investigate things.

    That is why video games limit the range of things you can do. To compute out all possibilities on the fly for even one person who is curious would reveal inconsistencies or canned results too quickly.

    There are no hallucinations that are extended and detailed enough to compete with reality.
     
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  12. Thief

    Thief Rogue Theologian

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    I THINK........therefore ......I AM!

    ooooops
     
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    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Or, i think therefore i think i am
     
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  14. The Hammer

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    "I" nothing.

    Think..... Therefore... Be
     
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    Thief Rogue Theologian

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    I AM!!!.......Trinity

    Me ...Myself.....and I
     
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