For most of us, reality is what we see and observe. However, it is not always that simple. Reality varies from person to person and may even change form from time to time. Let us have a look at how different branches of science differ in their opinion about reality.
The Theory of Science
Scientifically, any object that be sensed by sight, touch, smell, can be felt, or heard is considered to be real. Whatever that we perceive based on these sensory experiences and stimulus, becomes reality.
Physical reality varies from person to person depending on the sensitivity of an individual’s sensory organ and thinking perspective. For instance, everyone will experience the perception and depth of the color red and its various hues, differently.
Physical existence, thought pattern and the level of consciousness determines the perceptions and ideas about a particular event, thing, person, or feeling. The physical matter has very little significance because the energy and understanding lies inside one’s soul.
Albert Einstein presented his views about physical reality as, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
Quantum Sciences and its Belief on Reality
Quantum science is a branch of science, which is based on the notion that the responsiveness and perceptions, which are formed, are effects of physics. It presents a completely different picture of ‘reality’. Many scientists agree with researchers that ‘there is no real reality; it is merely created through observation’.
While many people think that Quantum theories do not match up with common sense, leading scientists strongly believe that random and spontaneous events often happen within quantified limits. According to them, reality lies close to the sub-atomic field and aura of our body. It suggests that everything exists in waves and particle known as energy.
What Philosophers Have to Say About It?
Psychologists and philosophers have a different view of the subject. For them, reality is far beyond the basic phenomenon of physical sensation – it actually refers to something extraordinary. It is a multifaceted and complicated series of psychological and sensory experiences, which produce a different outcome for every individual. Therefore, besides one’s own self, no other individual can ever understand the actual reality behind these experiences.
The View of Ontology
The study of existence of various entities in the universe, Ontology, offers another interesting picture of what is known as reality. It talks about the connection between spirit as the subject of reality, and existence as an object of reality. It classifies reality into three clear categories; Illusionary, empirical or experiential and the Absolute. This distinction between these three realities is purely based on the consciousness levels of mind. Though Absolute reality is more of a vision, may be Self-realized only in pure consciousness or total awareness, and is not possible to achieve in normal course of living.
Reality is basically linked with an individual’s inner perceptions and feelings. Scientists can never give a final word about reality because it is never how it seems. It is more of neural experience which gives rise to certain emotions and thoughts. As a natural response of cause and effect, a perception is formed in our mind, and we like to call it reality!