29 September 2012

'Defining reality'

One [definition] equates reality with a world without us, a world untouched by human desires and intentions. By this definition, a lot of things we usually regard as real - languages, wars, the financial crisis - are nothing of the sort. Still, it is [among the most] solid... because it removes human subjectivity from the picture.
Jan Westerhoff in an introduction to a New Scientist special issue on 'reality'.

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