Hello, Philipp.
Jack Preston King
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Fascinating discussion!

I agree with you that what science can tell us about the world we live in is extremely limited. Plato’s Cave gives us the framework to understand that everything we think we know are but mere shadows on the wall of what could be real, that we have nothing but fanciful representations of the world. And the models that science creates, simply more complex representations, are even more limited, because they can tell us only about the representations that we can all perceive in the same way.

Arthur Schopenhauer taught us that the only thing we can know is real is the universal force he termed “the will”, and because humans are a tangle of wills at many levels, even our representation of ourselves is suspect.

Physics now tells us that particles wink in and out of existence all the time, something that our perception tells us is impossible, yet these models make reliable predictions. What we feel are solid objects are in fact mostly empty space.

So because we are so limited in what we can perceive and know, perhaps our experiences of will, or the non-material existence of the universe, is actually more important that the limited representations of matter than we can agree on.

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