Essay by iamfat352 April 2004

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Berkley and Descartes were both philosophers with reality on their mind. I thought I would give it a try. So what is reality? The answer does not exist. Many people think about reality if not devote their lives to finding out it is. Even pondering pondering reality could drive you insane in its self but the more I talk the further from reality I get.

So let me start. I do not know what reality is but how am I to figure this out when I am a child and people who do devote their entire lives to reality did not figure it out.

Reality is the state of being actual or true. Well I now know what reality is but what is actual and what is true? True is consistent with fact or reality; not false or erroneous. That just links us back to reality. But some things are lies, and reality doesn't tell you what is a lie and what is true.

Our mind could trick us into believing that something that isn't real is real, as it does with a optical illusion and a mirage. Everyone in this room now could very well not exist. It sounds uncanny and untrue. But I am trying to figure out what's true and what is not? What is a dream and what is not?

A dream is a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. How do we know that life is not a dream and a dream is not life? By concentrating just enough that you can shift your dream but not enough for you to wake up you can change your dream. Some people dream of things that will happen, but if our sleep...