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Is there any objective truth? Or must we accept there is no "factual" or "objective" answer about anything, that even our most certain beliefs about what happened in the past or what the universe is made of or who we are or what is attractive or who is evil are just our beliefs, just principles, just ideas, just the product of our unmanageable nature to mislead ourselves that we have discovered out there in some exterior, objective, eternal, mind-independent, world what we have actually invented ourselves, out of instinct, imagination and culture?Thomas Nagel states that "The beginning of an objective concept of mind is the ability to view one's own experiences from outside, as events in the world. If this is possible, then others can also conceive of those events and one can conceive of the experiences of others, also from outside." Any experience can be thought about and known to have occurred not only from the point of view of its subject but from other points of view, at least if they are sufficiently similar in type to that of the subject.

To think in this way we are using a general idea of subjective points of view, of which we visualize an exact occurrence and an exact appearance. It is this general sense of the compassionate subjectivity of the mind's eye that takes us outside of ourselves into the possession of an objective theory of mind, that allows each person to place himself among the contents of the world.

Objectivism is a means of understanding. To obtain a more objective understanding of some feature of the world, we walk back from our view of it and form a new idea which has that view and its relation to the world as its object. In other words,