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Allegory of the Cave

  • December 30, 2013

Allegory of the Cave
December 30, 2013 at 1:47am
Platos Allegory of the Cave.
http://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/cave.htm

We don’t know what we don’t know, and what we think we know is (sometimes) our best attempt to put sensory information into words. Some descriptions may be more accurate than others, but each meaning and representation is subject to our own biases/conditioning. I have an image of what a car is in my head. The image that comes to mind may or may not be the same image that you have, but we have an implicit understanding that a car generally has 4 wheels, a windshield, roof, seatbelts etc… but it’s our experiences that shape that perception. A mechanic does not perceive a car the way you and I do. The mental representation of a car in the mechanic’s mind is a full interconnected system with patterns and functions etc… but I can’t even fully explain a mechanics because I’m a not a mechanic and that’s thepoint. We have these ideas about our reality that we just assume to be true across the board for everyone… but when you really start poking around, things aren’t as concrete as we like to think they are, especially when it comes to communication in general.

“So what McNally? Why does this matter?”

The more that you dig, the more stones you turn over internally, the more your headspace expands.
Most of the time, with our problems, the very way that we perceive our problem, is itself the problem.(cue intense Inception cutscene here) Challenge everything in your head, and be aware that what you currently assume to be true, might only be so for right now. But don’t freak out, because the process is the fun (and liberating) part (at least it can be if you are open to it)

psychobabble over.