Realism, Idealism & Presentism

Realism: the belief that things are in reality as they appear to be in the mind.

Idealism: our perceptions are not the result of a physiological process by which our eyes somehow transmit an image of the world into our brains, but rather, they are the result of a psychological process that combines what our eyes are with what we already think, feel, know, want & believe, & then uses this combination of sensory information and preexisting knowledge to CONSTRUCT our perception of reality.

Presentism: the tendency for current experience to influence one’s views of the past and the future.

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