Jens Oliver Meiert

On Truth

Post from December 31, 2015, filed under .

The digital world shows how when everything can be forged, nothing can be considered “true.” One of many examples: digital photography. We cannot be sure whether a photo hasn’t been tampered with. We can be sure about very little electronic.

The same we learn in the analog world, where much suggests that our reality depends on how we think about it, individually and collectively, and that hence not more than the most basic natural laws may be considered truly “true,” and those also only in the physical realm. One of many examples: the placebo effect. But any given day, simply observe how your reality changes when you’re genuinely optimistic as opposed to pessimistic—not your mind changes based on your reality, but the other way around (a statement worth much more than the books we have on it).

A question of epistemology that must still concern us—I don’t know of a definite answer—, is truth perhaps a function of consciousness, and neither a fixed nor a determinable state? That is something we’ll just end the year with now.

I’m primarily studying philosophy, and so I use posts like these to get ideas into the open. Add what you know and think in the brief periods when the comment forms are open!

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Jens Oliver Meiert, photo on Google+.

Jens Oliver Meiert is an author and developer (O’Reilly, W3C, ex-Google). He plays with philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

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  1. On December 31, 2015, 0:50 CET, Martin said:

    I do not agree in telling truth as a function of consciousness but as a decision of the conscious mind.

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