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.

We don’t always see what we think we see!

If your brain works normally

This is another example of an amazing illusion!!! The last sentence is so true.

If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, the dots will remain only one color, pink.

However if you stare at the black ‘+ ‘ in the center, the moving dot turns to green.
Now, concentrate on the black ‘ + ‘ in the center of the picture. After a short period, all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will see only a single green dot rotating.

It’s amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don’t disappear. This should be proof enough, we don’t always see what we think we see. 


Where Science and Buddhism Meet