Re: InterSubjective Reality LO2261
Fri, 28 Jul 1995 09:58:59 CDT

Replying to LO2191 --


I wish I could be as clear on the path to the conclusion re
intersubjective reality as you in terms of how I came to it. I've read a
lot of Dewey, James, Sartre, Kierkegaard, Karl Popper, Wertheimer, Lewin
and somehow these have given me frames for reflecting on experiences I've
had in teaching, learning, living, etc. The simplest route seems to be to
explore the question of why do I see what I see (perceive)? The answer is
simple, in a way. The reason I see what I see lies within me, who I am,
where I've been, and what I've made out of all that. Those 'things' shape
my framing of what I am now experiencing. Thus, reality is something I
create, not something that lies awaiting my perception of it.

> Replying to LO2135 --
> Responding to John Wilson in LO2135, and an intersubjective reality
> >>" There are different philosophical perspectives that drive the
> different arguments due to the assumptions one makes relevant to the
> philosophical position they hold. For example, I hold that there is no
> such thing as objectivity. There is instead only one reality, and that is
> intersubjective. This is consistent with the multitude of sage folks in
> their studies of perception - why do people see different things given the
> >>same stimulus?....."
> John, I was really interested in your philosophical perspective, and what
> the process was whereby You came to the conclusion of a single
> Intersubjective Reality, since that is the perspecitive which I also have.
> My route to getting to this perspective was very roundabout, passing
> through Lao Tzu, Alan Watts, synchronicity, ancient Yoga and Rumi's
> Beloved, and a curmudgeon of a metaphysician whom I know in Australia. I
> also know that there some echos of this in the Hebraic notion of Elohim, a
> plural God, and not the singular entity which is suggested by the English
> renderings of the Bible which seem to completely distort the original
> meaning.
> Would You be willing to share your background on getting to your
> perspective??
> I personally feel that ideas engendered from such a perspective could
> really contribute to ways of facilitating the learning organization.
> Suffice to say that it is my underlying perspective for how emergent
> learning works.
> --
> Doug Seeley: Compuserve 100433.133 somewhere on the road in Canada

John P Wilson