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Fundamentals

Ten Keys to Reality

by Frank Wilczek

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Fundamentals by Frank Wilczek
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The Falsity of a Real Reality

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Humans are incapable of knowing for certain what is real. We use our five senses to collect data about the environment around us. Data is the key word here; we don't see, hear, touch, taste or smell reality. We use our senses to sample data about the environment.

This data is processed by our brains, which then interpret and give form to what we perceive as reality. Our reality is nothing more than our perception based on limited, sampling-error prone data.

The brain itself is comprised of around 100 billion individual cells, which in turn are built upon a handful of subatomic particles. These particles are reconfigured to create different types of atoms. Science has demonstrated that these atoms and subatomic particles don't actually exist in any particular place until they are observed. That's right: we know that reality can't exist in a time or place until it's observed — at least on an atomic scale — though, the question of what comprises an observation is still ...

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