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The Evolution Deceit

The Evolution Deceit

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So far we have been speaking repeatedly of an "external world" and a
world of perceptions formed in our brain, the latter of which is the one we
see. However since we can never actually reach the "external world", how
can we be sure that such a world really exists?
Actually we cannot. Since each object is only a collection of percep-
tions and those perceptions exist only in the mind, it is more accurate to
say that the only world that we deal with is the world of perceptions. The
only world we know of is the world that exists in our mind: the one that is
designed, recorded, and made vivid there; the one, in short, that is created
within our mind. This is the only world we can be sure of.
We can never prove that the perceptions we observe in our brain have
material correlates. Those perceptions may well be coming from an "artifi-
cial" source.

It is possible to observe this. False stimulations can produce in our
brain an entirely imaginary "material world". For example, let us think of a
very developed recording instrument where all kinds of electrical signals
can be recorded. First, let us transmit all the data related to a setting (in-
cluding body image) to this instrument by transforming them into electrical
signals. Second, let us imagine that you can have your brain survive apart
from your body. Lastly, let us connect the recording instrument to the brain
with electrodes that will function as nerves and send the pre-recorded data
to the brain. In this state, you will feel yourself as if you are living in this ar-
tificially created setting. For instance, you can easily believe that you are
driving fast on a highway. It never becomes possible to understand that you
consist of nothing but your brain. This is because what is needed to form a
world within your brain is not the existence of a real world but rather the
availability of stimulations. It is perfectly possible that these stimulations
could be coming from an artificial source, such as a recorder.
In that connection, distinguished science philosopher Bertrand Rus-

sell wrote;

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The Real Essence of Matter

THE EVOLUTION DECEIT

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As to the sense of touch when we press the table with our fingers, that is an
electric disturbance on the electrons and protons of our fingertips, produced,
according to modern physics, by the proximity of the electrons and protons
in the table.If the same disturbance in our finger-tips arose in any other
way, we should have the sensations, in spite of there being no table
.204

It is indeed very easy for us to be deceived into deeming perceptions
without any material correlates as real. We often experience this feeling in
our dreams. In our dreams, we experience events, see people, objects and
settings that seem completely real. However, they are all nothing but mere
perceptions. There is no basic difference between the dream and the "real
world"; both of them are experienced in the brain.

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