Meditation 2 – Thoughts, Facts, Opinions, and Reality

As we’ve discussed before, you can’t actually comprehend even a tiny fraction of the physical reality around you, your brain just doesn’t have the capacity to do so. The tree that you are seeing over there exists in a material form, yes, but to you it’s just your brain processing information obtained from photons bouncing off of it and into your eyes. Like in The Matrix, if someone was to create a totally convincing virtual reality, our brain would have no idea that’s what we were in, rather than a material world. What does this mean? The fraction of reality which is available for us to perceive is negligible. We can only see so much of the electromagnetic spectrum; we can only comprehend a tiny quantity of information. The calculations behind string theory suggest that for our universe to exist there must be 10 spatial dimensions; of which we can perceive just 3.


Another thing to consider: What is an opinion? And what is a fact? On a molecular level, an opinion is surely just a combination of emotions, lessons, and memories which compel a person to undergo a specific thought process. If someone else had also experienced these exact memories, lessons, and emotions in their life, and no more, they would also have the same opinion. A fact, on the other hand, is something which can be confirmed by cohesive data. There are an infinite number of facts about anything, and we cannot ever know all of the facts. This means that opinions are based not on facts, but on personal experience, and are therefore fundamentally invalid. Consider this – have you ever had an opinion which changed because you discovered something new? You almost definitely have, even if you don’t want to admit it. Now how about this one – has an opinion you had ever changed hard data or confirmed facts about anything? No. that’s an impossibility. Facts can change opinions; but opinions can never change facts. If everybody in the world was omnipotent there would be no opinions, only facts.

You might say that facts are not always accurate, but that’s not true. If a fact isn’t accurate, then its not a fact. How do we know that our facts are accurate? If we witness the data being collected and oversee the calculations which lead to valid conclusions can we then guarantee that this data and this conclusion is factual? No, because we can never comprehend the certainty of the data collected when our minds are so thin.


In scientific method it is very common to calculate the uncertainty of data points. That is; all measurements are not held in 100% confidence so based on the method of collection a leeway is granted. From here, conclusions can be made based on the level of uncertainty as to whether the data is significant. Is this approach enough to create hard facts? The answer is no. How can we have certainty that anything we measure, when we can’t even be certain of what we sense? How does this ‘experimental uncertainty’, yet another man-made method, hold any validity? How selfish is man that he presumes to define things in an infinite universe?

Nevertheless, “I think, and therefore I am.” These famous words logically prove that there is but one fact, and one fact only – your thoughts exist, on some level. You may not exist; the entire world around you may not exist; but your thoughts do, because something must be occurring in order for you to have a thought.

Your thoughts exist, and this is all we can confirm. Out with this, there is no such thing as a fact, and if there is no such thing as a fact, then there is definitely no such thing as a valid opinion. In other words, anybody’s opinion about anything isn’t valid, but everybody’s opinions about everything are all equally and absolutely invalid.

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