We never see reality. It occurred to me today when someone dropped a bottle and I caught it. It was a lucky catch. The time taken for my eyes to tell my brain something is moving and then for my brain to tell my arm to move is not instantaneous. It takes time. Not very much time but a significant proportion of time when put against the acceleration due to gravity.
It led me to thinking. Always a dangerous path these days, especially when fuelled by whisky. Eyes take in images and pass information to the brain along nerves. The brain translates the impulses into a picture. It takes time – only milliseconds, but time – so nobody ever sees ‘now’. We see what happened a few milliseconds ago.
Hearing is even worse since sound travels slower than light.
If so, how did I catch the falling bottle? Does my brain anticipate and compensate for the time lapse, and therefore place my hand lower than my eyes would suggest it should go? How does my brain know that its perception of time is delayed since all it has to work with is the information it gets from nerves?
As far as time is concerned I should have been asleep hours ago but I have been at the espresso and the whisky and am well into the ‘talking utter shite’ stage.
So, I will retire and leave you with the article tipped by email from correspondent SB. Possibly the only article of the day that is not a candidate for an April Fool spoof.
Reality is the stuff of philosopy, but for the drones, reality is what they are told it should be.
And they will insist that reality conforms to their prejudices. It won’t.
Because it doesn’t exist. Pick the bones out of that one, Jung.