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  •  My reality is not the same as (9+ / 0-)

    (Kind of randomly picking names) Yucatan Man's, Pluto's, Dr Erich's,  MallyRoyal's, Sara's,  Avila's, Dee's, MB's, Commonmass's, Webranding's,Aji's,  Robyn's....

    We've lived very different lives. We have very different perspectives.  We're all bright and very capable of evaluating objective data. But it's absurd to think that we're going to arrive at the same conclusions using "reality-based thinking."

    It's just not gonna happen. What is gonna happen if you put all of us in the same room is that we can agree what are the facts and that we can likely agree what's too far out there. And in between, we can agree to respect each other's ideas and conclusions -- and not only that, but that we'll learn from each other.

    There is no one Reality.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Thu May 23, 2013 at 04:21:31 PM PDT

    •  This discussion has been very illuminating to (1+ / 0-)
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      lostinamerica

      me.  It seems, from the responses, that most of the people who chose to comment believe that we are all entitled to our own version of reality, thus undermining (IMHO) the claim that this was a "reality-based community."

      I'll stick to my argument... There is only one (objective) reality, and then people interpret that reality subjectively.  The more subjective the interpretation, the more distorted the reality.

      I argue that we can list ten items at random, and two people who are willing to engage in a debate using the Socratic method in an intellectually honest manner should e able to reach very similar (if not the same) conclusions.

      Something important thought... I'm not saying that I've reached true knowledge on anything (I thought I made that clear in the diary).  I'm saying that if an issue is looked at in an intellectually honest manner, one should be able to get the the essence of that issue (or very close to it).

      I don't think that's such crazy idea, but from the responses it seems to be unpopular, which I find very interesting--a true eye-opener.

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